May 2021 Update - Pioneers is currently at capacity and operating a waiting list. We can take more children with more adults though, if you're interested in volunteering so your child can start let us know!
Who are Pioneers?
Pioneers are young people aged 6-9, they meet weekly during term time and half term. Pioneers have fun going on adventures, learning new skills and finding out about the world around them
What do Pioneers do?
Pioneers will spend as much time as possible outside with each other, they might be building dens, sleeping in tents or going on a trip to the beach. Although they won't be going on any expeditions yet, Pioneers will have some big adventures of their own, a trip to somewhere new or maybe even their first camp away from home.
Pioneers will learn to be resilient young people, strengthening their physical and mental wellbeing through outdoor pursuits. Building initiative, having the courage to get stuck in and take the lead.
Where and when do Pioneers meet?
Pioneers meet Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:30 pm during term time and half term holidays, normally at Wilverley Plain during the summer and Bashley Cricket Club during the winter. They also meet once during end of term holidays at the weekend 10am-2pm. As part of normal weekly sessions they'll also explore other parts of the New Forest in the summer and go on community visits in the winter to places like the local RNLI and fire station.
What does it cost?
Membership fees are charged termly at £64.20 and paid over 4 monthly payments of £16.05. This includes the normal weekly and end of term sessions.
Autumn Term - September to December
Spring Term - January to April
Summer Term - May to August
We also have a hoody and t-shirt set for all members:
Kids Sizes (Age 5-13) £18.05 /set
Adult Sizes (S-XL) £22.50 /set
Who leads Pioneers?
Pioneers are led by a team of at least 2 adults, a Section Coordinator and either a Section Assistant or parent volunteer. All of our leadership team are volunteers who share their free time and skills with our members. Parents and members will get to know us on a first name basis, Sara is our Pioneers Section Coordinator and Mike our Section Assistant. You can find out more on our meet the team page.
How to join and your first session
To join Pioneers you can register using the 'Join Today' link, we'll set you up an account on our online membership system 'Navigate' - here you'll need to fill in our membership forms. Once this is done your Pioneer can come along to their first session.
Come in comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, bring a snack, drink and if it's dark a torch in a rucksack.