Category Archives: Girl Explorers

RAF 100 STEM Residential

Ayesha Karim, one of our explorers was lucky to be a part of the RAF 100 STEM Residential, here is what she had to say about it:

STEM Residential in RAF Wittering, Peterborough 

Recently, I was offered the amazing opportunity to participate in the RAF 100 STEM residential. I stayed for a week at the RAF Wittering Air Base with 99 other members of uniformed groups ranging from Scouts and Guides to Air and Sea Cadets. 

During the week, I participated in a variety of different workshops and activities, in order to work towards gaining my Silver CREST Award and my Silver Industrial Cadet Award. Our main task throughout the camp was to work on ‘Operation Falcon Relief’, where we had to plan a humanitarian rescue mission to a country hit by an earthquake. I learnt lots of new skills, not only in terms of how to plan a large-scale operation, but also the more practical elements – for example, working outdoors to set up fuel lines for a real aeroplane, learning the mathematics and science behind creating strong and stable structures such as radar towers, and how to cook using ration packs to cater for thousands of people. It was great to be able to apply in practice everything that we were being taught in theory inside the RAF classroom – which is often impossible in school due to a lack of resources. 

Additionally, I met lots of incredible people working both in the RAF and other engineering organisations. We were able to work along side them as they went about their day to day jobs – I was amazed at the level of work required in each specific field. For example, we worked with inspection engineers and used ultrasound to find cracks in the wing of a plane; it took me one hour to cover about 10 square centimetres! I can sincerely say that I do not think I would ever have had the chance to experience anything similar anywhere else – and the opportunity to use all the resources and skills at the disposable of the RAF was incredible. 

Finally, it was a wonderful experience to see how other uniformed organizations worked. Most of the students were air, navy or army cadets, and so generally worked quite differently to scouts. Although it felt quite intimidating at first as I did not know anyone when I arrived at the base on that cold, rainy and windy day in Peterborough – by the time I left I had made friends from all of the UK that I know that I will stay in touch with for many years to come. It was definitely the experience of a lifetime.


Girl Explorers session 16.3.2018

Fun session with lots of visitors. We were joined by Kresh Veersamy who introduced the girls to unihoc which they thoroughly enjoyed, we said goodbye to one our explorers, but she will be back to join us as a young leader and some of the girls received their Bronze Duke Of Edinburgh certificates from Richard Catchpole.



MSF Edinburgh & Ben Nevis Girl Explorers

Alhamdulillah, our Explorers were lucky enough to join the the MSF team for another adventure. We had an action packed weekend travelling to Scotland. We warmed up for the big hike with a lovely tour of Edinburgh, conducted by a Scottish Scout leader. The morning of the hike was a tough one, having slept very late and being woken up far too early. The 3 hour coach journey from Edinburgh to Glen Nevis was one of many snores, interrupted only by the stunning mountainous views. The hike began with high spirits, excitement and nerves as all 108 scout members gathered at the bottom on a surprisingly sunny and warm day, not the -11 degree showery day that we had prepared for! The hike was a tough one but with resilience and great camaraderie the girls all managed, and as they say “the best views come after the hardest climbs”. The trip was a memorable one, one they hope never to forget.


MSF Explorer Camp 2018

Some of our Explorers attended the MSF explorer cycle camp this year and it was a fun packed weekend. Our explorers all overcame challenges including mountain biking up very steep muddy hills, eating locusts, a night spy game in the pouring rain, making a fire in the snow and tomahawk throwing.

Global Issues Activity Badge

Girls Explorers working towards their ‘Global Issues Activity Badge’, they spent the session being creative and building prototype shelters out of cardboard, they hope to rebuild them in the summer and sleep in them to understand some of the challenges faced by the homeless community in order to complete part of this badge. 



Jack Petchey Award for outstanding services to Scouting

7th Goodmayes Explorers, Muhammad Islam and Ayesha Karim were awarded the prestigious Jack Petchey Award for outstanding services to Scouting last night.  The Award Ceremony took place at Sir James Hawkey Hall and the selfless work of many Scouts and their Leaders was celebrated.  Muhammad and Ayesha spend much of their spare time volunteering at their Scout Group, helping run sessions for younger sections.


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