A group of 32 Explorer Scouts, Network members and associated supporters from Drake Explorer Scouts went on a summer expedition to Slovenia. Travelling via Venice airport, they crossed the border by bus and went to the small town of Bovec close to the River Soca. It was on the River Soca that the activities started with white water rafting.
The group was then split into teams to undertake six days of expeditions, half cycling around the Julian Alps, whilst the others walked through the mountain. Both teams met after three days and switched activities. The cycling gave the teams the chance to explore the valleys including the town of Bled and other places of interest. One team managed to get as far as the Italian border. The second walking group got a chance to undertake more challenging mountaineering including climbing Triglav (2864M) requiring them to use ferrata kit.
After a week of full on activity and being constantly on the move the expedition met up at the Slovenia National Scout campsite, where the teams relaxed for a few days. Here the expedition did more traditional scouting activities and water sports including meeting scouts form Germany with whom they shared a campfire. Cooking in patrols the teams were expected to buy their own food and cook it.
With a few days left the expedition turned to full on sightseeing leaving the countryside behind, the expedition travelled to Ljubljana (the capital of Slovenia), whilst here there was a day trip to the Zagreb. On the last day an early start was required for the finale a visit to Venice.
The expedition was led by Andrew Eastman (Explorer Scout Leader) assisted by Luke Winstanley and Adam Jasko
The unit gave a presentation to parents and representative of Crawley District and Wes Sussex Scouts on 20th September at The Acorn Scout centre