By bes.admin on 22 November 2017 17:03

The expedition on the whole has had a tangible positive impact on my life, giving me drive for future projects and a more ambitious outlook. But it was the Explorer Miles scheme that opened my eyes to the importance of being socially conscious and volunteering, and the effect it can have on the lives of those in need.

By bes.admin on 22 November 2017 16:33

Volunteering is not always the same, but irrelevant of what organisation you volunteer for, I always feel a sense of achievement as I know that the work that I have carried out willingly has benefitted someone and made their lives easier in some way down the line.

By bes.admin on 21 November 2017 15:52

It’s this ability to empathise with those less fortunate that I feel is one of the most valuable skills gained from volunteering, and is one I believe will be shared with many others. It’s why volunteering is so important for everyone, regardless of how much time you spend doing it. Every little bit helps, and goes a long way to supporting the vital efforts of many charities.

By bes.admin on 20 November 2017 10:58

I wholeheartedly believe that Explorer Miles is an important scheme as it encourages young people to take initiative and impact their local community in a positive way. There is no 'set list' of possible volunteering work which allows young people such as myself to really consider the things that matter to us and the way in which we can go ahead and make a difference through volunteering.

By bes.admin on 07 November 2017 14:58

I have no doubt that my life would be dramatically different if it hadn’t been for my 2007 expedition to the Yukon with British Exploring.

By bes.admin on 01 November 2017 10:11

The ultimate brave act of parenting must be to make yourself redundant. But the reward - fearless, competent and resilient offspring, sharing some their adventures in life with us when they have a moment, but facing firmly forward, thinking about and building their own independent futures? Worth it, surely.

By bes.admin on 31 October 2017 14:03

It’s been a year of firsts for us at the Society. Our first Challenge, our first pilot of the Expeditionary Year, a partnership Expeditionary programme for 15-year olds with Whole Education, and our first with EPIC too, working with young people in West London with very limited access to opportunities. It’s the first time we’ve put on seven expeditions in one season. We’ve just held our first joint training weekend with the Scouts too (we’re running an expedition for and with them in a couple of years).

By bes.admin on 30 October 2017 14:02

Will (our new volunteer Archivist) has the opportunity to highlight some fascinating stories from British Exploring’s history as he reviews the archive. Here is the next tale in his series of articles for the newsletter - Adventure #3: Echoes of Inexpressible Island. In it he highlights the mental challenges which can be overcome when out on expedition.

By bes.admin on 23 October 2017 11:26

By Jane Park-Weir
It was a fantastic team bonding experience and an incredible sense of achievement which gave everyone just a small insight into what the young explorers feel after 5 weeks away. The buzz we got from problem-solving, leading, communicating and testing our physical limits was fantastic.

By bes.admin on 03 October 2017 10:18

We are thrilled to announce that Cathy O’Dowd, the first woman to climb Mount Everest from the north and south sides of the mountain, has confirmed that she will join our 2017 Leader of the Year Awards judging panel.

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