Explorers (14 to 18)
‘One of the reasons I became an Explorer was to spend more time with my friends in the outdoors. Now I’ve been up mountains, kayaked, climbed and abseiled. It’s been great and I’d never been a Scout or anything like that before. Next year we’ve got this major international expedition and I’m really looking forward to it.’
St Nicolas 9th Guildford Explorers is outdoors and weekends. We kayak and canoe, mountain bike, hillwalk and mountaineer, cave, climb and abseil. We coasteer, camp, sleep in hammocks, build shelters and learn to survive in the outdoors. We take part in expeditions in some of the wildest and most beautiful parts of the UK; explore overseas; meet up with Explorers at District, County, National and International events; and support Scouting and our local community through volunteering.
We are introduced to a wide variety of outdoor activities. We seek to achieve a high standard of expedition and outdoor skills. As we develop our skills, we become more independent so we can plan and carry out our own activities, camps and expeditions.
We meet at weekends during term time on average every three weeks. We mix day activities with overnight camps and weekend expeditions. We meet at various local Scout campsites and travel to places like Dartmoor, the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia for some weekends with the exact location depending on the activity we’re doing.
We’re flexible and recognise that other commitments are key to Explorers. Most Explorers attend some rather than all events depending on their school, sports, exams and other commitments.
Through Explorers we have the chance to gain our Chief Scout’s Platinum and Diamond awards, our Bronze and Silver DofE awards, and the St Nicolas 9th Guildford Expedition Award.
We go on to Scouting’s Top Awards to become DofE Gold award holders, Explorer Belt holders, and some of us gain the highest award in Scouting, the Queen’s Scout Award.
Both young women and young men are welcome to join in with our Explorer Unit. You need to be between 13½ and your 18th birthday. Usually, you’ll attend 2 or 3 events to see what you think of Explorers and whether it’s for you. You’ll then choose to become an Explorer, make your Scout Promise and be invested as an Explorer.
At uniformed meetings, Explorers wear a beige shirt or blouse with the Group’s green and maroon scarf and a woggle, along with navy blue Scout trousers or skirt, and a Scout belt.