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Scouts set of on yachting adventure through the Adriatic, off the coast of Croatia.

Date: 22nd Oct 2023 Author: Jon Nutten

This morning, 37 young people (14-25) from West Lancashire Scouts, alongside 13 volunteers (qualified and experienced skippers leading the expedition), set off from Manchester Airport, heading to Split, Croatia, for a 7-day sailing adventure in the Adriatic.


The young people, who’ve spent the past 16 months training, practising and learning skills like teamwork, communication, knot tying and new sailing skills, sailing trips for our crews to learn/build upon new skills, depart on six yachts from the ACI Marina, Trogir, on an island hopping adventure through the Adriatic, off the coast of Croatia.


Building on the success of the previous expedition in October 2021 and the challenges of COVID restrictions was the only UK Scout international adventure. This year’s trip sees two young people from that trip, part of the volunteer leadership team, who will use their newfound skills to support other young people. 


Mollie (15) – Participant and Young Leader, South Ribble District Scouts, said: “I’m so excited. We’ve learned many new skills like teamwork, communication, and yachting for the last 16 months. It’s been amazing, and now we are off! I can’t wait to use my new skills and views and try new things. Scouts allow me to try new things, build my confidence and experience international adventures. 


Graeme Calvert – Assistant Expedition Leader, West Lancashire Scouts, said: “It is a fantastic trip where Young People from all backgrounds across West Lancashire will get great experience and learn teamwork and communication skills while working as a close-knit team on a yacht. At the same time, they take in the beauty of the Dalmatian coast. I did a similar trip around Scotland when I was 17, and it was a shaping experience for me, helping cement my love of the outdoors, sailing and the importance of protecting the natural world. The aim is to inspire some of the upcoming generation similarly.


I’m looking forward to a new sailing area, as everywhere has unique challenges, and Croatia seems so beautiful. The training for the trip has also been an excellent way for me to boost the types of events I have experienced in Scouting, and it has given me the confidence to do more in my usual week-to-week role.


I love volunteering with Scouts as it is deeply satisfying to help others challenge themselves and grow as individuals. At the same time, I pass on some of my skills. On a recent expedition training event, an Explorer struggled with a knot. I spent a few minutes helping her master it. I was proud of her when, later on, doing a practical task in a powerboat, she got the knot spot on the first time under pressure. Realtime personal growth and learning vital skills for life.”


You can follow their adventures over the next 7-days via their Facebook page

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls