Montagu Explorer Unit (14-18)
Explorer Scouts is the 4th section of the Scouting Family after Scouts and is open to all, aged 14 – 18. The unit meets bi-weekly, on a Thursday evening from 20:00 to 21.30. Meetings will be either at 1st Datchet Scout Hut or other locations depending on the programme.
As an Explorer Sea Scout Unit our ceremonies and uniform are based on nautical traditions, on top of Scouting’s core values and the traditional Scouting Skills of Camping, Hiking, Cooking and Pioneering for example. Scouting aims to preparing young people with skills for life with activities focusing on challenge and achievement. They will including teamwork, leadership, helping others, resilience and more. These skills have helped Scouts become everything from teachers and social workers to astronauts and Olympians.
Through a range of badges and awards, the Explorers can demonstrate their proficiencies, expand their interests and work towards the Scouting top awards which are the Chief Scout’s Platinum, Diamond and Queen’s Scout awards. There is also the opportunity to take part in the D of E programme and International Camps and activities.
Explorers also have the opportunity to participate in the running of other sections as Young Leaders, alongside adult leaders, bringing a range of fresh ideas and acting as positive role models for the young people in the section.
Young Leaders (14-18)
Young Leaders are Explorer Scouts who choose to also volunteer alongside the adult leaders of the group to support our Beaver, Cub and Scout sections. Often these are young people that have grown up with the Group and have now chosen to help the next generation.
Whilst being a great asset to the group young leaders can also use their volunteering time to work towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
In addition, The Scout Association provides a scheme which includes training and a set of modules and missions which can be achieved by Young Leaders. Once the scheme is completed young leaders earn their ESYL belt buckle. Not only that but they will have made a massive benefit to the Group and learnt great life skills along the way.