A group of Explorer Scouts is called a Unit and is part of the District’s provision of Scouting. An Explorer Scout Unit and a Scout Group may work together under a Partnership Agreement, which should set out clearly the links between the Unit and the Group, arrangements for communication, use of equipment, facilities and resources.
The key to running a successful Explorer Unit is flexibility. Due to the other commitments that crop up in a teenager’s life, such as exams, it is important that the programme reflects this. For example, Units may not meet every week, or carry out the majority of activities at weekends.
Explorer Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme including traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing.
The Explorer programme should be supplemented and complemented by events and activities delivered across the District, allowing them the opportunity to socialise and work with other local Explorer Units.
In addition, there are a number of activity badges and ambitious top awards that Explorer Scouts can gain to recognise their achievements.
The Scout Law
A Scout is to be trusted.
A Scout is loyal.
A Scout is friendly and considerate.
A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.
The Explorer Scout Motto
Explorer Scouts may wear a beige shirt or blouse with a Unit scarf (or a Group one if there is a partnership agreement), and navy blue activity trousers or skirt with a Scout belt. They can wear an Explorer Belt and buckle or Young Leader Buckle if either of these has been awarded.
28th Jul to 6th Aug 2019
Get ready for the coolest International Scout camp in Europe… Get ready for the 13th Haarlem Jamborette!
With 10 days full of activities including hiking through characteristic Dutch landscapes, getting to know other scouts from more than 15 different countries
29th Jul to 4th Aug 2018
Hampshire’s 2018 camp will provide a rich and exciting experience for everyone from the youngest Beaver to the oldest Explorer, and all the Adult leaders, helpers, Network & Scout Active Support – in Hampshire and beyond.
Basingstoke Gang Show
8th to 17th Feb 2018
Tickets now available for the 2018, Basingstoke Gang Show.
In its 35th Year and with a cast of around 70 Scouts and Guides, come and see why Basingstoke Gang Show is the longest running and ‘bestselling amateur show in Basingstoke’.