Phoenix Explorers Big Sleep Out

At the weekend our Phenomenal Phoenix Explorers attended the Scouts NI big sleep out at Crawfordsburn Scout Centre. Bus and car packed with young people and lots of care package donations for the Simon Community as we set off at 14:00. A stop at Antrim Castle gardens for a wander to stretch our legs, then on to Belfast. Almost an hour of free time around Castlecourt before filling our bellies with KFC, Burger King and Mitsuru.

When we arrived at Crawfordsburn we took our gear to the lid and got ready for the opening brief. Explorers took part in 5 different activity bases around the site, ate sausage baps, watched the campfire and then donations and money raised was presented to Simon Community.

Everyone got Bivis set up for the night and tried to get some sleep. Next morning, up at 7:15 to pack gear away and some free time. Bacon baps 🤔 for breakfast (provided by wee buns) then time to ship out.

Headed to the car park for a wee walk around Crawfordsburn Country Park Forest before heading to Applegreen for brunch and then home.

Yet again I find myself saying the same thing. The Phoenix Explorers are an amazing bunch of individuals. Once again they have done us and themselves proud!!!