With the support, direction and guidance of Unit leaders, Explorer Scouts are encouraged to lead themselves, design their own programme and work towards the top awards that Scouting offers.
- Age range: 14 – 18
- Meeting times: Friday, 7.45pm to 9.45pm
- Meeting Place: The Scout Hut
With exciting prospects like being a part of camps and expeditions both home and abroad; adventurous activities such as mountaineering, parascending and off shore sailing; Explorers offers fun and adventure for all. Explorers also have the opportunity to be a part of The Young Leaders’ Scheme which develops their leadership skills and sense of responsibility, by helping to run meetings for younger sections.
Explorer Units are the fourth Section of the Scouting family after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Explorer Scouts are young people aged between 14 and 18 years old.
The Badgers Explorer Scout Unit meet at Wesley Hall on the same evening as the 27th Woolwich, although it’s not actually part of the group, it is part of the district’s provision of scouting. The unit is one of 8 Explorer Scout Units in the Royal Greenwich Scout district, and the members of the Badgers ESU wear their own unit scarf
The key to the running of the Explorer Unit is flexibility. Due to the other commitments that crop up in a teenager’s life, such as holidays and exams, it is important that the programme reflects this. For example, Units may not every week, or carry out the majority of activities at weekends.
Explorer Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme including traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing. The Explorer programme is supplemented and complemented by events and activities delivered across the District, allowing them the opportunity to socialise and work with other local Explorer Units.
In addition, there are a number of activity badges and ambitious top awards that Explorer Scouts can gain during their time in the section to recognise their achievements. These also include external awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and the Jack Petchey Awards. There is also the opportunity to enrol in the nationally run Young Leaders scheme, and to be selected for the UK National Contingent to the World Scout Jamboree.