What’s different about the Explorer Scout Section?
Gathering-woodExplorer Scouting is designed to be flexible, in order to meet the physical, intellectual and social needs of young people aged 14 – 18 years of age. Many young people have a hectic lifestyle, with commitments at school, college and work so the programme is designed to take this into account.
The Explorer Section can include a Young Leader Unit for those who help warranted Leaders in running Colonies, Packs and Troops.

Where can I join an Explorer Unit?
Although Explorer Scouting is District based, each Unit can work closely with a Scout Group through locally arranged partnership agreements. At present there is provision for a Unit in Ingleton to serve the needs of the North end of the District and a second Unit at Settle for those living in the south.

What are Young Leaders?
Young Leaders are Explorer Scouts aged between 14 and 18 years of age who work in a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack, or Scout Wheelchair-flagbreakTroop. The Young Leader Scheme helps Explorer Scouts to develop and grow as individuals. It also allows them to make a valuable contribution to their community by giving service to others. Young Leaders are a great benefit to Section Leaders and can use their Scouting for the Service Section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. To help them in their role, Young Leaders complete up to eleven training modules depending how long they remain with the Scheme. They usually wear Explorer Scout uniform with the distinctive Young Leader badge.

What do Explorer Scouts do?
YL-badgeThe awards and badges are an important part of the Explorer Section programme as they offer challenge, achievement and recognition for young people. Explorer Scouts are encouraged to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme but they also have the opportunity to work towards The Queen’s Scout Award, The Chief Scout’s Awards and The Explorer Belt, as well as numerous Activity and Staged Activity Badges.

Explorer Scouts can develop their interests and skill in a host of different areas including air activities likemusic-group gliding, cookery, photography, acting, first aid, life saving, snowsports, martial arts, angling, international travel, electronics, navigation, water activities like sailing, canoeing, as well as IT, music, service to the community and many more. Each Explorer Scout has a Mentor who can guide them through their awards, as well as someone they can turn to when things get tough.
Explorer Scouting is designed to be flexible to meet the physical, intellectual and social needs of young people. They will learn teamwork and leadership skills through an exciting and fun programme. However, many young people have a hectic lifestyle, with commitments at school, college and work. Explorer Scouting is flexible enough to allow for these commitments and the irregular attendance that can result .

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