Twenty of us from Reigate, Dorking, Surrey Heath and Spelthorne joined them at The Scout Park Camp Site on 28th December for Dinner and Ice Breaker Games. It was great to see those we had made friends with back in February – both from across the county and from Finland.
The following day we hosted the Monopoly Run, a chance to see the sights of London and a challenge to get around as many of the places on our own designed Monopoly Board as possible. Challenges were set to check in on the “LONDON In Real Life” Facebook page as much as possible, post cliche photos, photos of monopoly board characters, videos from Speakers Corner all relative to the Erasmus+ Project which was Digital related.
The 30th was a challenge, 80 of us visited Hidden Rooms London – 10 at a time over 8 hours. For the time that we weren’t at the Hidden Rooms we were to plan a Digital Business with a Business plan etc. and then present it to a panel, Dragons Den Style. Not sure that this was quite how the Explorers imagined their Christmas Holiday, but they came up trumps and presented their own Digital Businesses – ranging from an App for on call cleaning company for all public transport, to an online Dance Training App. A typical Finnish Scout Night followed – very different to our own, but entertaining non the less. Santa came too and we were given a gift of a the Finnish International Scarf.On New Year’s Eve, we had our own London Day, whilst the Finnish Scouts had a private visit to Gilwell Park. We took the Emirates Cable Car over the Thames – great views and a perfect clear blue sky was had. We enjoyed a quick refreshment stop at Costa at the O2, then it was off to lunch at Whetherspoons at Canary Wharf. After lunch it was off to the highlight of the day – a trip up the Shard. We were there hoping to see a sunset, but sadly we were unlucky. We did, however, see the change from day to night and the glory of the London Lights from the highest point in London. Such a fabulous view.
We ended the visit there as we all wanted to get back to our own New Year celebrations at home. For the Finnish Scouts they partied at the Scout Park then walked up to Alexandra Palace to view the New Year Fireworks.
It was great to see everyone again and we left with invites to the Finnish Jamboree later this year.
District Explorer Scouts Commissioner