Explorer Scouts are young people aged between 14 and 18.
Explorers can gain a wide range of badges and awards, particularly activity badges. These can range from canoeing and mountain biking to street sports and even public relations.
In Scotland, Explorer Scout Units are based at District level. Some Units may be linked to a local Scout Group, while others may be based around different activities, for example a Gang Show.
Not all Explorer Scout Units meet every week, although many will take part in activities at weekend. Explorer Scout Units will often link up with other Units from their District to take part in a whole range of activities.
A unique part of being an Explorer Scout is the chance to become a Young Leader in the Beaver, Cub and Scout Sections. This gives Explorers the chance to:
- gain the knowledge, skills and confidence required to become an effective Leader
- further their own personal development
- work towards other Awards for example The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
- acquire the skills that are needed for the Scouts Adult Training Scheme
- and above all, have fun!
In Scotland, Explorer Scouts can also achieve the Zodiac Plus Award. Similar to the Zodiac Award in the Scout Section, this gives Explorers the opportunity to experience more outdoor camping as well as some fun challenges. Zodiac Plus badges are available from Scottish Headquarters, priced at 60p each. More details and rules for the Zodiac Plus Award.
Young people can stay in the Explorer Scout Section until the age of 18 before moving on to the Scout Network.
If you are an Explorer Scout, why not join our Scottish Explorer Scout Facebook page?
To contact Anil Chundoo, Scottish Headquarters Commissioner (Explorer Scouts), email email@example.com.
For more detailed information on the Explorer Scouts Programme and Young Leaders' Scheme, check out the Explorer Scouts pages on scouts.org.uk
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