Croatia 2021

Romford District Explorer Scouts are pleased to announce their 2021 International Expedition to Croatia (with a day trip to Italy) in August 2021. We aim to be taking 50 Explorer Scouts and 8 Leaders as part of our contingent.

We will depart the UK on Thursday 12th August (with Easyjet via Southend airport) and fly to Pula in North Croatia. We will then depart Croatia a week later and return via the same airport on Thursday 19th August 2021.

You will take part in an action packed week of activities, visits and experience new challenges. We will also travel by high speed ferry to Venice, Italy for the day, visiting the famous St Mark’s Square, maybe taking in a Gondola ride and visiting some of the sites in this historic City and of course the famous Italian Ice Cream parlours whilst exploring the canals, the main way of travel in the city that is below sea level and slowly sinking !

We will be staying at Pula Youth Hostel, in the beautiful Valasaline Bay located on the Adriatic Sea (with its own Beach) and just 10 minutes outside the Historic Pula Town Centre. We will be based in 4/5 bed pavilions and a main building for eating and meeting. The stay is fully catered, which will allow us more time to take part in activities as all of our cooking will be done for us.

Although the programme is far from complete, our proposed activities include. Sea Kayaking (a full day out around the coast, with stops en route for swimming and snorkelling), Stand Up Paddle Boarding (possibly at night with LED lit boards), a boat trip to the reef to go Snorkelling, Postjna Caves and hiking in the Verudela Peninsular. We also plan to visit the world renowned Marine Biology School based just outside Pula. The main theme of this week will be water, and why not with some of the best coast line in the World.

Pula itself is a 3000 year old City, built in the 1st Century and is home to the famous Roman Amphitheatre. The city owes much to the Romans and is full of ruins and now very much is old meets new, with shops and ice cream parlours as well as old cobbled streets located on the Sea, so the cooling breezes help keep the 30 degree plus August temperatures down just a little.

The cost of the trip will be £900 per person. A £100 deposit is required when you apply, the balance will be paid by monthly (Standing order) payments – starting a month after your deposit is paid.

What next: If you would like to take part in the Croatia Expedition complete the online application form below and send your £100 deposit to the address listed or pay by direct bank transfer. This trip is only open to Explorer Scouts under the age of 18 at the time of the return date of the trip.

We will be holding a new parent / participant briefing via Zoom once all new members are confirmed, so that we can highlight some of the programme, outline more on the trip and to answer any specific questions you may have.

The closing date is rolling at present, as the trip has been moved from 2020 to next summer, it allows us to go out to a whole extra year of Older Scouts over 13 who would move into Explorer Scouts in the next 12 months. We do need to know if you wish to take part very soon, as there is only a small window of opportunity to add more people to the trip. If you have any specific questions about the trip then please e-mail us at and we will do our best to answer anything for you.

We do need to point out that as this trip is our postponed 2020 trip, the information for our 2022 trip to Switzerland will be published in January next year, so for a short while there will be two trips in the “pre-trip” stage. We just want you to be aware, that trip will be for all Explorers under the age of 18 in August 2022.



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