CESAW 2016 Bookings Open

Welcome to the booking information for Oxfordshire's County Explorer Scout Activity Weekend 2016 (AKA CESAW16) This event is open to all Explorer Scouts in Oxfordshire and surrounding counties.

What is CESAW16?
CESAW is an activity weekend for Explorer Scouts, this year featuring our very own colour run as well as a range of on and offsite activities as well as the now famous Sea-saw Explorer Bar. All meals are included on this event.

When is CESAW16?
CESAW takes place on the 18th-20th March 2016 Check in opens at 18:00 on the Friday and the event closes at 15:00 on the Sunday.

Where is CESAW16?
CESAW takes place at Horley Scout Camp site near Banbury (http://www.northoxfordshirescouts.org.uk/page-horley_scout_camp.html)

Book in by clicking here.

Scouts and Mountain Training

Mountain Training and the Scouts have been working together for decades thanks to our shared interest in walking, climbing and mountaineering. Many Scout leaders go on to gain one or more of our qualifications and many of the people who already hold our qualifications find themselves working with the Scouts, which requires a permit.

So we've teamed up to create an infographic which showcases the pathways and opportunities for everyone involved. It is not designed to be prescriptive or limiting and the Scout permit system remains separate to Mountain Training's qualifications. It's aim is to enable everyone to understand the options available at every stage of their development.

View the infographic here or find out more about the upcoming Hill and Moorland Training Course run by Oxfordshire Scouting here.


Queen's Scout Awards

Andrew Leach, Kirsty Dare, Luke Jennings and Jade Atikinson have been honoured by the Chief Scout and international adventurer, Bear Grylls, at Windsor Castle as they receive their Queen’s Scout Awards. Bear was joined by Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester GCVO, who is the cousin of HM The Queen.

The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest honour in Scouting and is awarded for outstanding personal achievement. This honour is achieved by young people aged between 16 and 25 who have completed a range of challenges, which includes service to their community, completing an expedition in wild country, undertaking a five-day residential project in an unfamiliar environment and learning a new skill or developing an existing talent.

Andrew, Kirsty, Luke and Jade are amongst nearly 500 Scouts to be receiving a Queen’s Scout Award at this annual event. Commenting on her achievement, Kirsty said: “Working for my Queen's Scout Award has been such an incredible experience and I’ve learnt so much along the way. I’ve particularly enjoyed volunteering as an activity instructor at the Youlbury Scout Activity Centre in Oxford, teaching young people new skills that include archery and climbing.”

Stegosaurus Network Invested

Members of the newly formed Stegosaurus Network were invested for the first time, underneath a dinosaur at a museum in Oxford, following the District’s St George’s day celebrations.

Scout Network is a youth section for those aged 18-25, who are looking for a mix of adventurous activities, expeditions away, and socialising with other like-minded Scouts. The Stegosaurus Network is already going from strength to strength, with fortnightly meetings and activities planned throughout the summer.

Over the next few weeks, Stegosaurus Network will be trying their hands at punting on the Thames, extreme tent pitching, and attending the District’s superheroes camp.

If you’d like to volunteer to support young people in Scouting, then please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today!