What is Explorer Scouting?

What are Explorer Scouts?

If you're 14 to 18 years old and want to enjoy Scouting you can do so by joining Explorer Scouting. As an Explorer Scout you get to take part in all the usual great Scouting activities such as kayaking, climbing, orienteering, caving, camping... as well as work on projects helping to support your local community.

You can also, if you choose, get more closely involved in working with the younger sections as a Young Leader.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a voluntary, non competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the personal and social development of young people aged 14-25, regardless of gender, background or ability. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time.

If you're an Explorer Scout or Network member you can work on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme at the same time that you're working for your Chief Scout's Platinum, Diamond or Queen's Scout Award. Two Awards for the price of one - can't be bad!

How did Explorer Scouting begin?

Scouting has always been a dynamic and forward-looking Movement. In the early days of Scouting, Lord Baden-Powell saw the need to provide a programme for young people who wanted to continue after their time in the Scout Section. Senior Scouts was developed to meet this need, and the Section continued to evolve over the years.

In 1967, Venture Scouting was formed from the existing Senior Scout and Rover Scout Sections. During the late 1990s, it was decided that, in order to meet the changing needs of new generations, two new Sections should be created for young people over the age of fourteen. Explorer Scouts for 14 to 18-year-olds and the Scout Network for 18 to 25-year-olds were created.

The Structure of Explorer Scouting

The Explorer section is run by the Scout District and not any one particular Scout Group. The Explorer Unit has Explorer Leaders and they are responsible for the week to week running of the Unit. They report to the District Explorer Scout Commissioner and the District Commissioner. Many Explorer Units meet in a Scout hut owned by one particular Scout Group – this generally occurs in order to get access to a meeting place. FreeSpirit Explorer Unit has members from every Scout Group in Torfaen and encourages this non discriminatory Moving On process.

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