Scouts can move up to Explorer Scouts once they are at least 13½ years of age and leave on their 18th birthday when they can move up to Network. Our Explorer Scout Units also welcome members who have previously been in Girlguiding or those with no Scouting background who wish to benefit from all that Explorer Scouting has to offer.
Explorer Scouts are encouraged to lead themselves in deciding the program and direction of the Unit, with support and guidance from leaders. The section also includes the Young Leaders Scheme, where young people can take on a leadership role in one of the younger sections in a local Scout Group.
There is wider scope for activities like offshore sailing, kayaking, campaigning, performing, gliding, parascending, scuba diving, camping, mountaineering and expeditions.
To support the Chief Scout Platinum, Chief Scout Diamond, and Queen’s Scout Awards, which are linked closely to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, all of our Explorer Scout Units are registered DofE Award Centres. For more information about the DofE Award scheme, and how to register, see our District Explorers DofE page.
Cotswold Edge District Explorers also enters teams into the annual TenTors Challenge on Dartmoor, the teams being open to members of any of the Explorer Units in our District.
The contact for Explorers is the District Explorer Scout Commissioner, Derek Forward on Email: DESC