Explorer Scouts are boys & girls aged 14yr – 18yr and meet every Monday evening 7pm – 9pm at Mount Pleasant Community Centre, Main Street, Chapelhall.
With the support, direction and guidance of Unit leaders, Explorer Scouts are encouraged to lead themselves, design their own programme and work towards the top awards that Scouting offers. With exciting prospects like being a part of camps and expeditions both home and abroad; adventurous activities such as mountaineering, parascending and off shore sailing; Explorers offers fun and adventure for all. Explorers also have the opportunity to be a part of The Young Leader Scheme which develops their leadership skills and sense of responsibility, by helping to run meetings for younger sections.
Explorer Units are the fourth Section of the Scouting family after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Explorer Scouts are young people aged between 14 and 18 years old. There is flexibility in the age range: young people can join from age 13½ but cannot move to Network until 18. Young people must have left the Explorer Scout section before the date of their 18th birthday. They can then move on to Network (18 to 25 years), and or take up a role as a volunteer leader. Many Explorer Scouts continue their Scouting when at University and College.
Chapelhall Explorer Scout Unit (CESU) assists young people to work towards a number of awards:
Young Leader (YL) Award Scheme– YLs are Explorer Scouts who volunteer alongside adult leaders in a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack or Scout Troop. A valuable asset to any leadership team, YLs play an active role in the section, bringing a range of fresh ideas to the table, and acting as positive role models for the young people they work alongside.
Duke of Edinburgh Award – Explorer Scouts work towards the Bronze, Silver, & Gold awards. The DofE awards also assist in achieving the top awards in Scouting; Chief Scout Platinum, Diamond, and Queen’s Scout Awards. To date 70 Explorer Scouts have undertaken the Duke of Edinburgh Award with 24 achieving Bronze, 18 achieving Silver, and 5 achieving Gold. There are currently 5 working towards their Bronze Award, 6 the Silver Award, and 12 the Gold Award.
Explorer Belt Award -The Explorer Belt is a Scout award which promotes adventure and self-reliance in an international context. It is generally for Explorer Scouts and requires a group to travel and conduct a set of projects through which they investigate the history, geography, and society of a foreign country. Four Explorer Scouts from Chapelhall travelled through Austria, Czech Republic, and Germany making many new friends along the way.
Queen’s Scout Award – individuals who achieve Scouting’s Top Award, the Queen’s Scout Award receive a certificate with a signature of the Queen. The Queen’s Scout Award is the culmination of everything that Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members have achieved in Scouting. Three Explorer Scouts from Chapelhall ESU have achieved the Queen’s Scout Award (QSA). Visit the QSA page to find out more.