Explorer Scouting supports young people aged 14 and 18 years old. The training programme for the section is closely linked to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, and members are encouraged to participate in both schemes either through their school or directly through the Explorer Unit.

Explorers are free to join any activity in the District and can join in the programme as much or as little as they are able. This flexibility is there to accommodate exam periods and other commitments that can be important at their age.

There is a climbing interest group; there is a sailing interest group which meets regularly for their water practical during the summer months.

There is a Duke of Edinburgh Unit and a Young Leaders Unit.

“To anyone who hasn’t tried Scouting before, I’d say come on up and have a go! I think that most people don’t really know that Scouting is about activities, friendship and meeting people from other countries. I’ve been in the Movement since I was a Beaver and I still love it!”

The Epping Forest South Explorer Unit has one meeting night:
Meeting Details
Mondays 19:45 to 21:00 District HQ, 72 Hollybush Hill, Wanstead, E11 1PE

What Will It Cost?

£125 per year, this is collected in April of each year. The District Explorer Scout Administrator will send out a request for subs when they are due. Subs and all other payments are payable to:

‘EFS Explorers’.

Extra activities and camps are priced at cost. (We would not wish for any of our Explorers to miss out due to financial concerns, so if money is a concern please have a discreet word with the District Explorer Leadership Team).

What Should I wear?

For weekly meetings the Explorers wear explorer scout uniform shirt (beige if you are from a land based Scout troop and blue if you have come from a Sea Scout troop) and the black and red District Explorer scarf. The scarf will be presented once you have been invested. Jeans are allowed for normal Explorer meetings. However, for more formal meetings such as St George’s parade, dark trousers and shoes must be worn.

Young Leader Scheme

A Young Leader is someone of Explorer age who helps with one of the younger Scouting sections. We are always glad of help with the younger sections and would encourage you to consider becoming a Young Leader. We would welcome YLs to the Beavers, Cubs or Scouts within the District.

Do please let me know if you require further information or are hoping to be a Young Leader. More information can be found on our website.
Camps and Other Activities You will be able to find a copy of our programme on the district website:
Explorer Programme Link

You will have noticed that there are lots of activities and events on the programme each term. You are welcome to attend all of them. However we recognise that you are likely not to have the time to attend all the opportunities on offer during your time in Explorers, for example when you are busy with exams. Please come to the camps and activities that you can and want to. At EFS Explorers we will try to pass on all the District and County opportunities that arise, even when this leaves the programme looking rather full. This then allows you the choice.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

We hope that during your time in Explorers you will wish to undertake some of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards (if you are not already doing them through school). These awards are a worthwhile challenge that fit well into the ethos of Scouting and will stand you in good stead in the future as well. You can start DofE from the age of 14. It is worth getting registered in good time so that things we do at Explorers can be counted towards your award. You can find out more information about what is involved on our website and on the DofE website.