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Preparing to celebrate

Week 11: Preparing for the celebrations I can’t believe we are already on Week 11! Today was all about preparing the mini troopers for their awards celebration where they have an opportunity to showcase their skills to parents and friends. Looking at them all standing so tall on parade, I felt quite proud to stand […]

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Conservation week

Pupils from Palace Fields Primary School participate in vital conservation project Week 10: Conservation & community week is one of my favourite weeks on the Challenger Troop core programme. This is the week when we give back to the community and play a part in being good citizens. Over the last 9 weeks, we have […]

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Challenger Summer Camp 8th to 12th August 2016 – Last few spaces

Book now for a residential week of exciting and challenging outward-bound activities, survival techniques and personal development skills for just £275 per person.  This opportunity is a 5 day, 4 night residential programme specifically designed to challenge young people from the ages of 10-16 years who would benefit from an outdoor camp experience with military-style discipline. Throughout […]

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Challenger Troop wins High Sheriff Award

Challenger Troop CIC is delighted to announce that it is the proud recipient of a High Sheriff Award. At the prestigious annual High Sheriff Awards ceremony on 10th March at County Hall, Maidstone, organized in conjunction with the Kent Community Foundation, the High Sheriff William Alexander honoured Challenger Troop CIC, along with 8 other organisations, […]

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Overcoming fears and feeling pride

Week 9: Residential Week We pulled up to Palace Fields school gates at 3:30pm on Tuesday to be faced with 15 mini-troopers, all standing tall and eagerly waiting to climb aboard our mini-bus and set off on their residential adventure, along with teachers Mrs Huff and Mr Beech. We loaded up; judging by the size […]

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Young carers take time out for themselves

Over February half-term, 12 young carers from across West Kent participated in a bespoke overnight residential programme designed to offer them a new experience which would both challenge and inspire them, pushing themselves physically to achieve their personal goals. These young people, aged between 12 and 17, are, in the majority of cases, the sole […]

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Practice makes perfect

Week 8: Preparing for the Residential. The residential is nearly upon us, this is the moment when we see the results of the last 7 weeks come together and see the mini troopers put their new skills to the test. In one week’s time, they will be setting out on their big adventure where they […]

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Learning navigation on a crisp, clear sunny winter’s day

Week 7: Navigation. It was a lovely day, the sun was shining, the trees stood tall and we were ready for our mini-troopers. However, as they stepped off the bus and formed into three ranks, we could see straightaway that they were a bit flat after the half-term break and needed re-energising. So, after a […]

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Children get tough with parents

On January 19th, 13 families came together on a sunny, but cold, winter morning to participate in an enrichment day organised by Family Focus Headstart Kent in partnership with youth engagement company Challenger Troop CIC at their outdoor training centre at Highsted, Sittingbourne in Kent. The families were not sure what to expect – they […]

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Taking aim – focusing in. A truly inspirational week!

Week 6: Adventure Training We are at the halfway point of the 12-week core programme with Palace Fields Primary School and as a reward for the mini troopers’ commitment and enthusiasm so far, we had planned a different type of training day. This day was to be filled with adventure but would have a focus […]

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The rain and hail will not deter us! There is no such thing as bad weather…

Week 5 – Bushcraft It was an overcast day and Storm Henry was looming…perfect weather for teaching bush craft. The mini troopers gathered together under a giant parachute and listened intently as we told them what we had in store for them that day before splitting them into two groups. My group were going to […]

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Team building, managing frustrations and staying in control

North West Team Instructor Sgt Bowen, describes how we channel feelings of anger and frustration and use them in positive ways. Team Building We have spent the morning outside on the activities field, where the mini troopers had to undertake a series of team building tasks. Each task required different skills and testing their communication, […]

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