British Exploring Society has been taking Young People aged between 14 and 25 on expedition since nearly 100 years, 87 to be precise! As a Charity, we believe that challenging experiences can change lives and we are known for empowering and equipping Young People with the courage, skills and determination to make the most of their future.
Being on expedition; adventuring in the wilderness, in remote locations, facing challenges, is exactly how one learns about oneself and where one gains life skills. Young People have knowledge and potential but rarely in combination with real-world experience and creativity.
British Exploring Society has now worked with over 11,000 explorers on every continent. The results are transformative – not just in terms of practical skills and resilience, but in a new-found confidence and self-belief which they carry forward to their future life. Some of our previous explorers include: the author – Roald Dahl who was only 17 at the time, the multiple Olympic Gold medalist – Alex Gregory, and Tori James – mountaineer and the first Welsh woman to climb Everest.
Every year, Yung Explorers go to the Canadian Yukon, the Indian Himalaya, the Peruvian Amazon, Iceland, Finland, and Scotland. The newest expedition, “Pinnacle”, will take the Young Explorers to the world’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Baikal, in Siberia, an environmentally unique location. It will be the first time that British Exploring Society will undertake an expedition there. The physical challenges will be considerable, as the explorers will be living and working on the frozen lake at temperatures of around -10 degrees for much of the expedition.
British Exploring Society will run a selection day for this expedition with the aim to find 12 participants from across the UK, from any background, simply looking for commitment and a ferocious appetite to learn. Successful candidates will work with the Charity’s professional expedition Leaders to design and organise the entire expedition – which will include a strong element of field science, like all our expeditions.
A Pinnacle Explorer will be given access to remarkable opportunities to develop their character, knowledge and skills, both pre and post expedition. Working with exceptional Leaders for an entire year before departure will mean that the participants will work together as a team on everything from logistics, navigation, and medical provision to setting their science goals.
Post-expedition, the Charity hopes that Pinnacle Explorers will apply their new skills and experience to progress their careers – as all past explorers have done over the last 8 decades – also advocating for the benefits of challenging experiences outside the classroom as a an essential part of preparation for a successful adult life.
To apply – please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at http://www.britishexploring.org/join-an-expedition.aspx