Young explorer enjoys summit experience

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Southland 11-year-old Michael Crean walks one of Husky Rescue NZ's dogs during the Young Inspiring Explorers' Summit last weekend. Photo: Supplied

A SOUTHLAND boy spent last weekend learning about the country’s great explorers at the Young Inspiring Explorers’ Summit in Christchurch.

Michael Crean (11), who attends Woodlands Full Primary School, flew to the summit and met with 19 other pupils from Years 7-9 from throughout New Zealand.

His group leader was William Pike.

Michael said he was excited to meet Mr Pike, as he was also taking part in the William Pike Challenge.

The weekend involved activities, experiences and education opportunities, including an overnight camping trip, a visit to Husky Rescue NZ, museum trips, penguin visits and more.

He said one of the things he was most looking forward to was meeting fellow summit-goers – “I made lots of new friends”.

As well as meeting Mr Pike, his other favourite parts of the trip included a hagglund ride and meeting the huskies.

Part of the summit involved participants reading Into the White: Scott’s Antarctic Odyssey as well as writing journal entries.

Attendees were selected through a process which involved them creating submissions – Michael created a video entry.

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