Explorers

ExplorersExplorer Scouts is open to young people aged between 14 and 18 years old who want to join and can make the Scout Promise

The Scout Promise
Scouting differs from many organisations in that it requires its Members to make a promise. The Scout Promise is the same for Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Members of the Scout Network and adult Members of the Association. It is:

On my honour,

I promise that I will do my best

to do my duty to God and to The Queen, to help other people

and to keep the Scout Law.

By making the Promise a young person becomes a Member of the worldwide Movement; they become a Scout.

The Scout Law
The Scout Law is a set of ‘rules’ that Scouts should do their best to live their life by. They are based on the Laws that Baden-Powell came up with, but have evolved to reflect changing times. The Laws are:

 The Motto 1. A Scout is to be trusted.
2. A Scout is loyal.
3. A Scout is friendly and considerate.
4. A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
5. A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
6. A Scout makes careful use of time and is careful of possessions and property.

7. A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.

The motto for all Members of the Movement is: Be Prepared.

The Explorer Scout Uniform
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Explorer Scouts wear a khaki colour shirt, which can be purchased from local Scout clothing stockists Davensports, Monkhouses and John Lewis Cheadle. Our Group necker (green/yellow) can be purchased directly from the troop.

How are Explorer Scouts organised?
Explorer Scout Units are primarily Leader led, with as much participation in decision making by young people as possible. There are a number of different types of Explorer Scout Units; these will vary according to local needs and circumstances. Explorer Units are all based at District level, even though the Unit itself may be attached to a Group or specialist Scout body, such as a campsite.

Explorer Scouts also have the option to become Young Leaders. Young Leaders carry out a Leadership role in a Beaver Scout Colony, Cub Scout Pack or Scout Troop. Young Leaders have their own training scheme but can also take part in all other Explorer Scout Activities.

Explorer Scouts have no structured groupings as you find in Beavers, Cubs or Scouts. By being involved in a number of different groupings Explorer Scouts will get the chance to develop their teamwork and leadership skills

Investiture
Making the Promise is the most important act in Scouting  and is common to every section. Scouting has a special ceremony for making the Promise called Investiture or being invested. When a young person makes their Promise they receive their Unit Scarf, The Membership Award (for those coming into Scouting for the first time) or their Moving-On Award (if they have been in Scouts) and are welcomed as a new Member into the Scout Family.

What do Explorer Scouts do?
Units decide themselves how often they meet.  Members should be able to attend when it is convenient for them.  Explorer Units might not need to meet every week because they will often be out and about at weekends or in the holidays doing activities.  There will be times when they will be busy doing other things such as exams, and being an Explorer Scout will have to fit around these.

Explorer Scout Programme
Explorer Scouts have the opportunity to take part in adventurous activities, local conservation projects,  creative  projects,  camps  and  expeditions,  community  support…the  list  is  endless! Explorer Scouts can gain awards – from nationally recognised governing bodies (e.g. BCU for canoeing), to Scout Awards and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Explorer Scouts are highly involved in deciding what they want to do and helping their Leaders in running the Programme.