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I have designed and built this website for Newmilns Snow and Sports Complex and the Ayrshire Junior Snowsports Club as part of my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. I am now taking my skills that I have learned from all my Duke of Edinburgh sections and going to the Arctic for four weeks this summer with the British Schools Exploring Society (BSES Expeditions). I was recently selected for this once in a lifetime experience to visit the Arctic for four weeks for a scientific research Expedition.
To able to go I am required to fundraise over £3700 towards the expedition costs. I am looking for sponsorship as I plan to cycle from Ayr to Edinburgh over two days and Climb Ben Nevis before I go. I am also planning several events such as Celidihs, Discos and a Quiz night with prizes. Below is all about BSES Expeditions and what I will be doing while in the Arctic.

BSES Expeditions is a youth development charity that organises challenging scientific expeditions to remote, wild environments to develop the confidence, teamwork, leadership and spirit of adventure and exploration of its Young Explorers.
Based at the Royal Geographical Society, BSES Expeditions (The British Schools Exploring Society) was founded in 1932 by a member of Captain Scott’s final Antarctic Expedition of 1910-13.
Each year young people aged 16-23, from different schools, universities and many other walks of life, join together to take part in valuable adventure and environmental research projects in challenging areas of the world from the heights of the Himalayas to the heat of the Arabian desert, and from the valleys and glaciers of the Arctic to the lakes and rivers of the Amazon.
These projects are designed to teach the young people about the host environment, culture and wildlife whilst delivering worthwhile and necessary results for local and UK academic and charitable bodies. Led by experts drawn from a host of professions such as universities, teaching and the armed forces, all the expeditions aim to help in the development of young people through the challenge of living and working in remote and testing areas of the world.
BSES Expeditions is a small and personal organisation organising only a handful of expeditions each year. Opportunities exist on month-long summer expeditions for Young Explorers aged between 16 and 20. Those over 18 can gain leadership experience through our Arctic and Desert gap year expeditions.

I will spend 4 weeks on one of most northerly and remotest island in the world with around 48 other people. While we are there we get the choice of studying Glaciology, Geology, Hydrology or Meteorology. This research will help show how climate change is affecting our polar regions on the Earth. The research phase of the expedition will take up most of the 4 weeks. The rest of the time will be for arctic adventure and survival skills. There will be the opportunity for ice wall climbing, glacier trekking, mountaineering and snow shoeing. All this will allow us to travel further away from base camp to do our research.

More information can be found on the BSES website, www.bses.org.uk or by contacting me.

If you like to sponsor me please visit Newmilns Snow and Sports Complex where a donation tin and sponsor sheet will be available. Or alternatively contact me by email at: timmy_5321@btinternet.com

Thank You

Timothy Hunter


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