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May Bank Holiday Update

By Honor Wilson-Fletcher MBE,
British Exploring Society CEO

As the May bank holiday weekend is upon us, I wanted to share with you our progress following the decision to focus our wilderness activities this Summer in the UK.

Our Leader community, trustees, and partners have been as supportive and as generous as ever.  I must start by warmly thanking all of you who have helped us – on behalf of everyone who will finally experience some freedom outdoors this year – because of you. We are collectively and deeply in your debt.

We have a full team of Chief Leaders now re-assigned for Scotland, and three base camps (one entirely new to us) from which to launch our summer expeditions in Scotland:

The Atholl Estate, Perthshire; Loch Tay, Perthshire; Spean Bridge, Inverness-Shire.

There will be

  • 2 Hartz Scottish Explorers programmes
  • 2 Landmark Scottish Highlands programmes

and

  • 1 Dangoor Next Generation Scotland programme.

We are planning to deliver 5 expeditions in total, for 200 participants.

To make our summer adventures possible in the light of our ongoing COVID risk management protocols, we have taken delivery of a very considerable consignment of new one-person tents.

You will share in our pleasure that many of the young people we had to disappoint with the news of cancellation of their overseas programme will be joining us as Young Explorers in Scotland.

We’re thrilled – and so impressed by the maturity with which they’ve dealt with so much change in their time with us already.

I hope you will also be pleased to know that some of our new tents this summer will be occupied by young people who first met us and our Leaders on Zoom, enjoying virtual adventures in Wildestan during lockdown.

Our 2021 season of Wildestan continues, as we emerge from over a year of COVID, and we hope to continue to develop longer term relationships with young people who first meet us via their laptop or smartphone.  We can’t wait to meet these Wildestan Young Adventurers in person.

Our first face-to-face training sessions begin in June.

We’ll do our best to share with you images and stories which convey a flavour of the excitement and sense of purpose which being out in nature and with young people again will bring to us all.

We cannot wait.

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I joined British Exploring Society as CEO in February 2016. Previously I was CEO for 6 years at the Aldridge Foundation where I helped establish 12 state schools in some of the most deprived parts of England.

By Honor Wilson-Fletcher MBE,
British Exploring Society CEO