Explorers are the fourth section of the Scout  family and the eldest of the youth sections. The Explorer Scouts meet in Explorer Scout Units and the young people like challenges, adventure, making friends and learning new skills.

In Lewisham, there are 6 Explorer Units meeting in Catford, Downham, Forest Hill/Sydenham, Lee and New Cross.  We are developing Explorer Scouting in Lewisham and are working to open new units in other areas of the Borough.

A little history:

Right from the time of Baden-Powell, there have been arrangements for young people who wanted to continue after their time in the Scout Section, and in 1967, Venture Scouts were formed from the existing Senior Scout and Rover Scout Sections.

During the late 1990s it was decided that, to meet the changing needs of young people, there should be two sections for the over-14s: Explorer Scouts for 14 to 18-year-olds, and the Scout Network for 18 to 25s.

As an Explorer, young people can achieve two Chief Scout Awards; Diamond and Platinum.  These mirror the requirements for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver awards and are a stepping stone towards the highest youth award in the Scouts, the “Queen’s Scout Award”.  This award mirrors the Duke of Edinburgh Gold award.  Both can be achieved as an Explorer Scout, but also can be completed anytime up to age 25

Young Leader:

Explorer Scouts can also become a “Young Leader” (“YL”) and achieve the YL award by undertaking some training (click here for theDistrict Young Leader plan 2013-2014 and click here for the Young Leader schedule 2013-2014.1).  A YL will work with one of the younger Scout sections and assist the leader team by running games, helping to organise activities and joining in with the programme planning. As a YL this can validate the service requirements for the Chief Scout and Duke of Edinburgh Awards.