Explorer Scouts is the last section for younger people and is for those aged between 14 and 18. While Explorer Scouts is officially a District level unit, because the 28th are so large, the Unit is really just a part of this group. We meet at the Scout Hall on a Wednesday evening between 7.30pm and 9.30pm and enjoy taking part in a wide range of activities.
Explorers wear full uniform but bring a change of clothes and jacket for activities which may be outside. We meet every week during the school calendar and we do appreciate that the older Explorers have exams at certain times of the year. However, we would encourage the Explorers to use a Wednesday evening as a break from study and a chance to get a couple of hours exercise.
The Explorer programme, like the other sections is a balanced one but our main goals are to target the highest awards in scouting which are gained in partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The awards have 4 main parts:
- Skills – usually something that the Explorers do in their own time e.g. playing a musical instrument, learning to drive etc.
- Physical – again often something the Explorers will do in their own time e.g. playing Football or Rugby but we often have a number doing archery which we do during some evenings at the hall.
- Service – the majority of Explorers will help at other sections in the group to complete this part of the awards. This helps the younger sections and gives the Explorer extra responsibilities and the chance to run activities. The Explorers will take part in the Young Leader’s Scheme as part of this.
- Expedition – the largest part of these awards is often seen as the Expedition. This will involve the Explorers planning and carrying out an expedition over a number of days by foot, bike or water.
Other Programme Activities
Other programme activities include camping skills, cooking and site visits. In the last year we have visited the UPM Paper Mill in Irvine and Spirit Aerosystems in Prestwick. We have also had a number of camps including the expeditions and also some cooking competitions.
The cooking is important as it prepares the Explorers for when they leave home for University and it also helps us run our annual Burns Supper!