WS24 Explorer Challenge Camp 

When: 21st September 2024 10am until 22nd September 2024 10am

Where: Beacon Hill Scout Campsite District Campsite | Horsham Scouts 

Who: All Explorer Scouts across West Sussex! 

Why: We want to run an event like no other, with continuous activities for 24 hours between the opening at 10am Saturday until the closing & awards at 10am Sunday.  

Explorers will have 24 hours to complete as many activities as possible, spend time with friends, meet new friends and compete for the Explorer Challenge Cup! 

How to sign up: Explorer Section Leaders can sign up Explorers in their unit by visiting our tickets website: WS24 Explorer Challenge Camp 2024 

By signing up, the Section Leader & Explorers agree to the WS24 Sept 24 Code of Conduct v1 July 2024 

Explorer leaders can also sign up to come to WS24 with their unit by clicking this link WS24 Adult Explorer Leader 2024 

Please note that due to the nature of the event, all adults will be pitching in with activities and other duties during the event. Please let us know of any permits or other useful skills! 

If none of the Explorer leaders in your unit are available and you have Explorers that want to join the event, please sign up your Explorers using this link as normal and let us know that none of your unit leaders are available. Before the event, we will make the necessary checks with the Explorer unit leader that signed up the Explorers, and your local District Explorer Scout Commissioner, or in the absence of, your District Commissioner (POR Ref 



How can I sign up/when does sign up close? 

Sign up will close 3 weeks before the event (Wed 28th Aug 2024) 

How much does it cost and what does this include? 

  • Explorer camp fee is £32 and includes all activities, Saturday Lunch, Saturday Dinner & Sunday Breakfast, lanyard, camp badge & fees payable to the campsite. 
  • Explorer Leader camp fee is £10 and includes Saturday Lunch, Saturday Dinner & Sunday Breakfast, lanyard & fees payable to the campsite. 

Admin & ticketing fees are also covered by both of the above. 

When do Explorers need to arrive? 

  • Check in will open at 09:20 and close at 09:40 ready for the opening ceremony at 10:00. 

Do Explorers need to bring food and cook themselves? 

  • No – all catering will be provided centrally including snacks & drinks available throughout day & night. 

What do Explorers need to bring? 

This is not an exhaustive kit list, but please remember to bring the essentials: 

  • Unit scarf 
  • Plate, bowl, cutlery & water bottle/cup/mug 
  • Enough clothes to keep you warm 
  • Tent for yourself/your group 
  • Hammock (if you prefer) 
  • Sleeping bag 
  • Torch (unless you can see in the dark) 
  • Waterproofs 
  • Camp blanket (to take to the campfire) 
  • Medication if required 

Can adults sign up to help at the camp? 

Can Explorer Scouts drive themselves & park at the campsite? 

  • Yes, we will provide instructions closer to the date for onsite parking arrangements. 
  • Please consider car sharing to reduce the number of vehicles that we need to find spaces for, to help the environment and to save time with drop off, parking and pick up. 

Does my Explorer leader need to attend? 

  • Not necessarily, please see information towards the top of this page for the full answer. 

Who submits the NAN form for this camp? 

  • The event leaders will complete & submit the NAN form for all attendees, so there is no need for Explorer leaders to complete their own NAN form or event passport. 

Is there a minimum number the event needs to run or a maximum before sign up closes? 

  • We will review the numbers that have signed up and communicate to Youth Leads, District Explorer Scout Commissioners & District Commissioners in the weeks leading up to the event with this information. There is no fixed minimum or maximum until we hit the campsite capacity, so we will communicate via social media and email if spaces are running out! 
  • With 1100 Explorers in West Sussex, we are aiming for at least 15% attendance across the County to make this new event a success! 

How will first aid work? 

  • We are putting together a First Aid team from experienced Scout volunteers who will be available throughout the camp. This includes mental health first aid. 

What toilet facilities will be at the campsite? 

  • There will be male, female, accessible, gender neutral & adult toilets at the campsite 

Will there be photographs and videos taken? 

  • We will have the County Media Team at the camp taking photos and videos. 
  • Please inform us of any individuals that should not be included in photos & videos. 

What happens if there are behaviour issues with Explorers during the camp? 

  • Any breach of our camp Code of Conduct will always be handled by two adult members of camp staff and will follow the process set out in the Code of Conduct. Please click here to view. 

How can I contact the organisers for an additional query? 

Please email us at: 

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