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The British Schools Exploring Society, is a youth development charity, based at the Royal Geographical Society, London.

The British Schools Exploring Society was founded in 1932 by a member of Captain Scott’s final Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913. Their objective is to take young people on expeditions of a challenging and scientific nature in demanding natural wilderness environments overseas to develop their self-reliance, teamwork, leadership and spirit of adventure.

For me the most outstanding quality of BSES, is the role that science plays at the very core of their expeditions. Since its inception in 1932 BSES has played an important role in hundreds of research and conservation projects across the globe, developing extensive academic and conservation partnerships. It has undoubtedly created many generations of leaders, scientists and adventurers.

This Society is the reason I became inspired by exploration and biology. Having heard about an expedition to Madagascar completely by chance, at the age of 15 . This experience led me to enrol on the BSES Leadership Development Program to Norway, and on to many other subsequent adventures.

I value the experience gained through BSES and I enjoy staying involved with the society as a member. One way that I can show my gratitude is by introducing others to the opportunity I was so fortunate to find. I do this through school and youth group presentations, which I find immensely rewarding and great fun.

If you have enjoyed reading about BSES then please visit their website here. I would urge you to support them in any way you can, whether it is through sponsorship, introducing young people to their expeditions, or any other means.

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  1. Gordon

    Hi James, I was a member of the 1990 BSES Expedition to the Yukon – 26 years ago! Like you, I had an amazing time as a Young Explorer camping within that remote part of the world. I am hopeful that both my daughters might consider undertaking a similar adventure.

    I am looking to reconnect with my 1990 Yukon Leaders and YE’s and have set up a Facebook Group in the hope that I can collate all our photos and stories into an archive of our trip. The Group can be found here:

    Best of luck with your work.

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