Explorer Scouts are members of an Explorer Scout Unit. In SW Notts there are five Explorer Units, one of which (Sharman) specialises in training Explorer Scouts as Young Leaders.
Explorers are encouraged to lead themselves. They invariably choose their own programme of activities and the direction of the Unit, with support and guidance from leaders. There is wider scope for activities like offshore sailing, campaigning, performing, parascending, mountaineering and expeditions.
The section also includes the Young Leaders’ Scheme, where young people are able to take on a leadership role in one of the younger sections.
Explorer Scouts are encouraged to register and participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.
Explorer Scouts can be members of more than one Explorer Unit, enabling them to take on a diverse programme of activities.
For more information about Explorer Scouting in SW Notts please visit explorers.swnotts-scouts.org.uk.
All leaders are DBS checked and they are trained to run an Explorer Unit. Your young person will be in safe hands.
How much does it cost?
Each Explorer Scout Unit sets a weekly, monthly or termly membership subscription which helps with the cost of running the weekly meeting. This varies from Unit to Unit but as a guide you can expect to pay between £2 and £3 per week (often with a discount offered for a termly payment). This usually includes the cost of badges earned by the Explorer Scouts and which are worn on their uniform.
For special evenings or activities (for example, visits to places of interest or special activities provided on our behalf by external organisations) there is usually an additional fee to cover costs. Similarly, camps or sleepovers will attract an additional fee. However, we encourage Explorer Scouts to take part in fund-raising activities to raise funds to help cover the cost of more expensive trips (e.g. expeditions and visits abroad).
We are a uniformed organisation and parents/carers will be asked to buy a uniform for their young person once they have settled into the section. The leader(s) of the section will be able to advise you what they will need, where it can be obtained from and the likely cost.