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Apr 212016

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Oct 162015

It is with regret that the leadership of the Anomalous Unit is placing the Unit into suspension for the foreseeable future with immediate effect. Our numbers have fallen below the minimum viable for an Explorer Unit, and there is currently no plan under which the Unit can be revived.

We propose to proceed as follows:

  • Ask all members and their parents to cancel direct debits and standing orders for subscriptions with immediate effect.
  • We will refund subscriptions received back to 1 September 2015 over the next month.
  • Membership records will be passed to District for their safekeeping
  • Members and their families are welcome to join any Unit in the district (or indeed in any other district) for which details are available on the District website: . It is currently our understanding that Brocks Explorers (Maulden) is full and is not accepting new members in 2015
  • anyone with queries should seek, in the first instance, to enquire of the district commissioner – Kevin Dolling – whose contact details are available from any of the current leaders.
  • At some point before the end of the year, all the social media, websites, and records of the unit will be placed into an archive and handed over to the District.
  • The flag will be held in safekeeping by the District with immediate effect.

On a personal note, the leaders (David, Mark, and Sweyn) would like to pass on their gratitude to every member and parent who has made the last seven years such an extraordinary time of adventure, growth, and leadership. We wish you all the very best in your future Scouting careers and in your wider lives.

Many thanks

David, Mark, and Sweyn

UK Chief Commissioner

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Sep 242015

UK Chief Commissioner

Could you be our new UK Chief Commissioner?

After seven successful years as UK Chief Commissioner, Wayne Bulpitt will step down from the role in September 2016. Over the course of the next year we will of course be thanking Wayne for his incredible service to the Movement.

The Scout Association’s Board of Trustees is now starting its search for a new UK Chief Commissioner. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for someone to lead over 100,000 volunteers in the country’s largest coeducational youth movement and to transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people.

For further information email the Charity Secretary, Judeth Neville at or call

0208 433 7261.

The closing date for applications is Monday 2 November.

2015 Explorer Events – BOOK SOON

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Jan 022015

So, I think it’s ok for me to say that Theme Park Camp 2014 all went rather swimmingly. Which was nice!

Now, the important bit of this email, as you’re all sat at home, day dreaming of all the great scouty things you want to do in 2015…. Theme Park Camp will be 11-13th September 2015. TPC in doesn’t clash with Gilwell Reunion shock! Haven’t set a price yet, haven’t set a theme yet. Come on, give me a break here!

Stay in the loop on social media:

Other stuff you might want to do in 2015…

Go bowling, take part in an international event!  running until the end of April, Jambowlree is the World Scout Ten Pin Bowling Competition.
“Live” Monopoly Run – 28th Feb
Isle of Wight Revolution – 2-6th April
London Monopoly Run – 11th April  –
Evolution – the new Sun Run – 19-21st June
Network Festival – 3-5th July –
Gilwell24 – 10-12th July

Feel free to share with your local Explorer/Network chums.

2015 Southern 50 Challenge

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Nov 252014
Salomon Boot

Southern 50 Challenge






Brilliant @S50Challenge planning meeting last night. Three exciting new routes. The ultimate 50 mile route looks amazing.

Anomalous Unit Has No Fear of Distances

We’re getting organised for this event in February, in which we’re hoping most of the unit will participate. 


About the event

An endurance and navigation challenge event for Explorers and Network organised by Greater London North Scout county. 

Anomalous has had teams in the event over the last 5 years, and we’re intending a big push in 2015.


Each year around around 500 people come from all over the UK to take part over one of three distances: 50 miles, 50 Km and 30 Km. The 30 Km event is only available to Explorer teams, the 50 events are both available to leaders, network and Explorers.

The challenge involves navigation from checkpoint to checkpoint around the paths and byways of the Chiltern hills. The exact route is only revealed at the event start line, but in 2015 the route will be on the North East Chilterns.

Full details (excepting the precise route) are available on the Southern 50 Website.


What is the event like

The event lasts from Friday evening and finishes after the awards ceremony on Sunday morning. 

On Friday evening our teams will travel to the Event HQ. We will register, find a space to sleep and prepare for the morning. 

Teams breakfast early on Saturday, then embark on the challenge at their allocated start times. 

All routes finish back at HQ, where teams remake beds and sleep overnight.

NB: We wont be camping and you don’t carry your sleeping kit on the challenge. 

The challenge is tough but achievable. Dropout rates are surprisingly low even under difficult conditions. 


Anomalous’s entry in 2015. 

We intend for this to be a key unit activity for 2015. Our past participants have gained a real sense of achievement from it. None of our present members have taken part before so are probably feeling daunted. We all were the first time (leaders too). It just adds to the satisfaction on completion.


Our teams will consist of 5 members each. February is peak season for colds and flu so we’ll be making our final team selection very close to the event to take account of illness and injury. It’s fine tuning – whatever happens there will be room for all to compete. For 2015 we will enter one 50 Mile team and (probably) two 50 Km teams. We’re also offering places to some Network members (former explorers) and other Leaders



It is possible for teenagers to complete the event with no training, but we wouldn’t recommend it. Bodies will hurt, blisters will present in unexpected places, untried or worn out kit might under perform or fail. All of these things can be mitigated by training.


We have been encouraging Sunday morning training on our specially designed practise route but the response has so far been zero. The start/finish point is between Barton Le Clay and Hitchin, so we understand that transport might be an issue. 

For next Sunday we will create a new route that passes through Ampthill and/or Flitwick >> DOWNLOAD IT HERE – .2015 Training Route 

We’ll communicate times and places by Facebook, SMS and email during the coming week


We don’t expect all Explorers to train every Sunday, but it is in their interest to do some. 


Jamboree Quiz Night

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Nov 212014
Jamboree Quiz Night fun

Harry Jamboree Quiz Poster

On Saturday, 22nd November Harry is  holding a Jamboree Quiz Night as part of the fundraising for the World Scout Jamboree 2015.

It would be great if you would like to take part.

Please see the attached poster for details.

October 2014 – Zombie Camp

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Nov 202014


We like to alternate our camping experiences between activity packed organised camps and low-pressure “quiet” camps where we focus on skills and teamwork.

For 2014 we took a slightly different approach and went camping much later in the year – in the October half term. The leaders also put together a scenario that tied all of the elements of the camp together. – THE zOMBIE cAMP

Zombie survival!

The unit was loaded into the bus, and when we got to the first service station, they were read a newspaper headline that warned them of the outbreak of a terrible disease that was spreading rapidly. They were told that they were to be evacuated to a safe place, where they had just three things to bear in mind:

1 to preserve the human race

2 to preserve the group

3 to preserve themselves

Each day, there was a radio broadcast (expertly and professionally arranged by Sweyn) which gave them a series of clues as to the progress of the disease, how to spot the infected, and the likely outcomes. They were also set a challenge for the day

day one

just survive

the group realise that at least one of them had been infected, and that it’d probably spread to at least one other person making it a real zombie camp

they also learn to scavenge, looking for edible wild foods and making various teas from readily available materials such as nettles, pine needles, and lichen.

news broadcast for day one  –

day two

deal with the infected

we saw a surprising variety of ideas discussed, and were slightly alarmed at the thought of explorers tying each other to trees, but in the end common sense and good scouting prevailed and the uninfected worked closely with their less fortunate brethren

news broadcast for day two –

day three

be found by rescue services

aside from learning about the international rescue signals, how to make ground fires to create smoke signals, and evacuation hand signs, the group also received a super surprise in the form of an Apache helicopter that cruised slowly overhead and pause to look at their rescue symbols! Fortunately we had already taught them the sign for “I do not require assistance” 🙂

news broadcast for day three –

day four

avoid the sudden outbreak of a very dangerous new form of the disease

the unit set to making some safety structures to keep their feet off the ground

aside from learning about the international rescue signals, how to make ground fires to create smoke signals, and evacuation hand signs, the group also received a super surprise in the form of an Apache helicopter that cruised slowly overhead and pause to look at their rescue symbols! Fortunately we had already taught them the sign for “I do not require assistance” 🙂

news broadcast for day four –

day five

make the cure

the leaders had secured all over the site special “airdrop” materials in canisters. All the unit had to do was find them, follow the instructions, and assemble the cure. Fortunately the cure very much resemble chocolate chip cookies and we have bought a camp oven with us.

news broadcast for day five –


If you would like the unit to run this camp for you, we are quite sure they would be delighted. Fortunately enough of them survived the apocalypse.






2014 Remembrance Event

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Nov 142014
Anomalous Unit Remembrance Event 2014

Remembrance Event

Remembrance Day services and parades are generally speaking community events, and most community organisations, such as the Scouts, will be involved in some way or other. The choice of event is entirely up to the Unit.

Scouts throughout the United Kingdom  join people around the world in remembering the sacrifices of ordinary people who served in extraordinary ways in two world wars.

Remembrance Sunday takes place on the Sunday closest to 11 November every year, to coincide with when the Armistice was signed to mark the end of World War I. People everywhere will stop at 11am and keep silence in remembrance for two minutes.

The weekend is the culmination of a series of local, regional and national events. Scouts were involved in a variety of ways.

This year we made our Remembrance Event into a night hike with a difference. We went to see the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London

We walked from Blackfriars, down all the little cut throughs and back alleys along the South Bank until we got there

A good set of uniforms, but hidden by the need for coats on a blowy and cold evening!



WW1 Casualties

900 civilians lost in naval engagements
1,200 civilians killed by bombs from the air
107,000 civilians starved to death as agriculture disrupted
888,246 lives lost in combat.
1,663,435 wounded

So all those poppies record and represent only 1/3 of the human cost of that war, and are still utterly overwhelming.

The average age of the dead in combat was so very young, not much older than our Unit.

Why it matters to Scouts

Since 1922, there has been an Honour Guard of Queen’s Scouts (and formerly King’s Scouts) flanking the door from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to the Cenotaph. There are no remaining written records in The Scout Association archives to tell us precisely the history of the first Honour Guard, but it is probable that the King’s Scouts were there at the request of King George V himself.

So, what exactly did Scouts do in the First and Second World Wars that qualifies them to mount an Honour Guard at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to this day, and to stand to attention in front of the Queen, the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and all the representatives of Commonwealth countries as they file past? Well, for a start, an enormous number of Scouts served in the armed forces, police force and fire service since 1908, and have been highly valued by their regiments and squadrons for their prior knowledge and training. Many Scouts served in ambulance units, air raid patrols, and other civilian services.

By the end of the World War 2 more than 60,000 Scouts had been awarded the National Service Badge for their work at home. They had worked as First Aid orderlies, signalers, telephonists, Air Raid Precaution (ARP) messengers, stretcher- bearers, Coast Watch, Home Guard instructors and Rest Center assistants. They had made camouflage nets,
helped evacuate thousands of younger children from bombed city centers, harvested millions of tonnes of food and animal fodder, chopped wood on a massive scale (around 600,000 hours), and salvaged glass, metal and rubber for re-use.
However, it was the service performed by Scouts during air raids and the Blitz on London that showed outstanding courage and application of the words of the Scout Promise and Law. 80 young Scouts were given Scouting gallantry medals, and in London, Coventry and Liverpool the Silver Cross (Scouting) was awarded to entire Troops. Individual Scouts were awarded the George Medal and George Cross. Fifteen Scouts just old enough to serve in the forces were awarded the Victoria Cross. One particular service Scouts gave to London was guiding fire engines in from the outskirts of the city by the quickest routes to blazing buildings. When they couldn’t get any closer to the fires because of the danger, the Scouts provided First Aid treatment and a barricade to stop others getting too close. In an air raid on Manchester, Scouts rushed burned and wounded firemen to hospital and returned to the scene to carry on their First Aid work. In many cases, older Scouts took over from Leaders who had joined up or been killed, in order to keep Troops together.
That’s just a small indication of the support and service given by Scouts at a time when their skills, training and team-spiritedness were called upon constantly. The uniform made them instantly recognisable as individuals who could be trusted to give directions or provide a focus in a crisis, such as an air raid. So, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month every year, Scouts march at the tail of the procession of veterans, alongside Guides and members of the Boys’ Brigade who have also provided civilian services to the public. From the 1930’s until the late 1950’s, London’s Rover Scouts had their own service and procession past the Cenotaph, and thousands came from all over the country to march.


Anomalous Unit Remembrance Event 2014

Anomalous Unit Remembrance Event 2014

Anomalous Unit Remembrance Event 2014

Anomalous Unit Remembrance Event 2014

Anomalous Unit Remembrance Event 2014

Anomalous Unit Remembrance Event 2014

Anomalous Unit Remembrance Event 2014

Anomalous Unit Remembrance Event 2014

Anomalous Unit Remembrance Event 2014

Anomalous Unit Remembrance Event 2014

Anomalous Unit Remembrance Event 2014

Adult Volunteers

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Feb 162014

Scouting relies on adult volunteers. Can we urge all parents to read the heartfelt post on the Maulden Village Site and consider how they can help?

District vacancies for adult roles are posted by Group and over all on the District Website.

This little Explorer Unit relies on three Uniformed Leaders: Sweyn, Mark and David. They are backed up by people who directly assist them in their delivery of adventure to Young People. It would be a LOT harder to run this Unit if we did not have:

  • A District Commissioner to support us
  • A District Executive to provide governance and finance
  • An adult training team at County
  • An adult recruitment team in the District
  • A team managing and maintaining the District Campsite
  • Adults with complimentary skills (from catering to canoeing) to work with us

In any one year, our Young People get helped not just by the three of us, but close to 50 or so other adults. Each one may only give an hour a year, but that is what we rely upon.

So: do you have even one hour and one skill you can volunteer as an adult?

Ultra Distance Walking

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Feb 152014

@S50Challenge We can’t walk with the Southern 50 Competitors this year, so I wrote about ultra distance walking, and mentioned it in a blog post

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