Clyde Region Explorer Belt – Day 14



All the teams back so peace is well and truly shattered, or so you’d think but in reality everyone disappeared to bed quite early and they weren’t seen or heard early that’s for sure.

Time for the first part of the surprise, the options were tubbing down the Shenandoah River or a high ropes course.  I chose high ropes, the first two were quite simple but the black course was really difficult and VERY high up!!  Managed to get round it though but it was quite scary in places.

Lunch was burgers and hot dogs provided River Riders, the company we used for the tubbing and high ropes.

Then it was back to the KOA to pack everything up and move to big hall for the night, the manager allowed us to do this so we didn’t have to pack up our kit and disturb people in the morning as we are leaving very early.

The second surprise of the evening is a big congratulations meal at the Vista Tavern for everyone with some music provided by Raff as usual.

The final surprise of the day was an awards event with the lovely Joan Rafferty in which every team was awarded for something they had done over the last ten days on the Explorer Belt.

 Back to camp for a couple of hours sleep, we are up and away for 5.30am!!

Clyde Region Explorer Belt – Day 13



An early start for the two driver/navigator combos going to pick up the farthest away teams while the rest of the leaders sorted out stuff for tomorrows surprises and lunch for today.

Lunch was set up in the main hall as a buffet for all the groups when they arrive back.  The teams started to arrive about noon and were checked in and welcomed back with a survey form and passport check then sent for lunch.

After lunch tents were put up and bags collected from storage.

Once the busses had returned it was my turn to go and pick up the last team who were finishing away from Harpers Ferry and time for a quick look round a mall before bringing them back.  We also met one of the highest awarded BSA members who had all his proficiency badges and the Eagle Scout Award.

After all the teams were back we gathered them all together to have a De-Brief session and a discussion on how they think their explorer belt went and what the next stage is for them all.

Dinner was laid on by the KOA who outsourced it to the local pizza delivery company and came up trumps with about ½ a pizza each, good call for a bunch of hungry hikers.

After dinner the option of a swim or a last trip to Wal-Mart before bed.  A long day ahead tomorrow, full of surprises.

Clyde Region Explorer Belt – Day 8



Another day of visiting teams and it was my turn to drive.  It’s not as bad as you expect, remembering to stay on the right side of the road is easy when you are sharing it, gets a little more complicated when there is nothing else on the road but I managed just fine.  The van is quite wide though and telling where it is on the road is quite difficult, it’s also very bouncy and has no acceleration, give me a transit minibus any day!!

Lots of visiting done today, 6 teams in total, almost half of them in one day, it’s a new record.

First stop was Gettysburg where we were expecting to find three teams but somehow four teams turned up for drinks at a local café so we invaded the majority of the outside area in the town centre.

Poor waitress didn’t know what to make of us all and neither did the rest of the locals!  As Paul had left for his PhD viva we decided he might need a bit of luck so we got everyone together and with the help of the local hotel and Abraham Lincoln made him a “Good Luck Paul” group photo.

Just before leaving the Ghost Busters arrived, didn’t see any ghosts personally but I’m guessing there are a few around civil war battle fields and one must have been getting a bit lively.

Next stop Fayetteville to meet a team just off the trail, literally, just off the tail and onto the road where we picked them up and went for lunch in a small village.  Not sure how we got in, the group stank, apparently 2 days in 30C heat and walking make you sweat and smell.

Now when you look at the menu and the options are 14” or 16” pizza and the waitress warns you how big they are when you start ordering the large ones you should probably listen to her.  We ended up with a pizza and a half left at the end which will fed the next group later in the day.

 One pizza with an iPad for comparison.

The next team had checked in at Bears Den Hostel, a very nice place with laundry and beds.  We donated the left over pizza to them and bought ice-cream for them.

Dive back to Harpers Ferry feeling incredibly full and we all skipped dinner and settled for dessert about 9!!

Application to be Ill


My dad sent this to me a while ago and I thought I’d share…


Application To Be Ill

This form must be submitted at least 21 days before the date on which you wish illness to commence.






Position Held


Date on which you wish your illness to commence


Consent of Husband/Wife YES/NO*


Have you ever applied to suffer from this illness before? YES/NO*


If so, give date(s)


Do you wish illness to be slight/severe/crippling/fatal*


If illness is fatal do you wish to be considered a permanent disability?

(applicants wishing to suffer a fatal illness should indicate at the foot of this form whether they wish the Area Health Authority to be represented at the funeral or cremation)


Do you wish to suffer the illness at home/hospital/Costa Brava/Newport Dagnell/Milton Keynes/Other*


Please indicate the approximate number of people you wish to infect?


Have you ever been refused permission to suffer from an illness? YES/NO*


If so, please give details


Do you wish your Wife/Husband to be informed of your illness if She/He contacted the area health authority regarding your whereabouts? YES/NO*


I the undersigned declare that to the best of my knowledge the answers given above are true and accurate.


Signed Date


Applicants are reminded that all applications will be considered on merit and that more than three applications per annum will be considered excessive, and not in the best interest of the National Health Service.


Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will any employee be permitted to suffer more than ONE fatal illness, and any persons disregarding will render themselves liable for dismissal.



*Delete as appropriate.

Paracord Pieces


Clyde Region Explorer Belt

I have started making paracord bracelets and keyrings to raise money to help me get to America with the scouts in summer 2013.

Bracelets are £4

Keyrings are £2

UK Postage is £1 flat rate

Please email paracord@furrygerbil.org.uk if you want to buy anything, if you don’t see the colours you want have a look at the colours page and I can make custom pieces.

Payment is by paypal only.

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