One year on from Clyde Region’s Queen’s Scout
Expedition to Indonesia, 30 Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members reflect on their
adventure and experience meeting the world’s largest Scouting organisation.
In July 2015, the team travelled to the Indonesian
island Java spending 18 days acclimatising to new surroundings and taking on
Planning for the expedition took two years. Once
selected, the expedition team began training and fundraising. Some embarked on
a group challenge to collectively climb the height of Mount Everest.
Organisational skills were put to the test
during planning alongside a group of in-country experts – vital in the
On arrival the team was welcomed by the world’s
largest Scouting organisation and introduced to their new culture. Scouting
plays a key part of the national curriculum in Indonesia. The group shared
traditional Scottish music before hitting the road to start their community and
The team quickly discovered the language
barrier was solved through perseverance and positivity and the local monkey
population liked clothing as much as spare food.
Team building was put to the test at the turtle
sanctuary on Sukamade beach and again doing a jungle and volcano trek. Working
together to support and motivate each other was as important as being physically
The trip was a huge success, one member is even
returning to take part in a sustainable development course and a number of
Network Scouts are leading upcoming summer European expeditions. Preparation
has also begun for the next Queen’s Scout expedition to Sumatra in 2018.
Fraser Mcgarrigle, Regional Vice Chair and
Scout Network member from the Great Western District shares his advice on how
to get the most out of the experience, 'getting to know one and other in
advance, engaging in the planning process, cultural research and making sure
you are physically fit as well as approaching the experience with an open mind
is the key to success, he continued, 'we would not have been able to do this without
the support of our in-country experts who worked round the clock to make sure
we had an incredible and unforgettable experience.'Author: Gary Bainbridge