Explorer Scouts are young people, usually aged between 14 and 18 years old. They make up the fourth section of the Scouting family after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. A group of Explorer Scouts is called a Unit.
Not all Units meet every week, partly due to activities, holidays, exams and the other commitments that crop up in a teenager's life, and also because Explorers tend to get out and about at weekends more often than other sections.
Explorer Scouts often get the chance to work with other Explorer Scouts in their District, not just their own Unit, so can take part in an even wider spectrum of activities. There is also a range of ambitious badges and awards, through which Explorers can demonstrate their proficiencies and expand their interests.
Whilst Explorer Scouts are a District unit and not officially part of our group, we are proud to have a close relationship with the unit that meet here, the Eiger Explorer Scout Unit. Eiger Explorers are a land based unit and offer a wide range of activities to their members both at home and abroad. The Explorers get the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels as well as completing their Chief Scout and Queen Scout Awards.
There are 3 other Explorer Units in the District, one in Hersham which is also land based and two in Walton-on-Thames, one being a Sea Scout Unit and one an Air Scout Unit. Explorers are able to attend any of the activities offered by the four units and just because a Scout is moving on from Oatlands Scout Troop, it does not mean they have to go to Eiger. Scouts are free to choose which of the units they would like to move on to.
There is a fourth unit in the district which is slightly different from the rest, it is the Young Leaders Unit. This unit is for 14-18 year olds who wish to help the leadership teams in the younger sections with the running of meetings and activities. The unit provides a number of training courses with ongoing learning to help the young person to become a trained and valued member of the leadership team, with the opportunity to become an adult leader once they turn 18. Explorers in the other four units can take part in the Young Leaders unit in addition to their normal Explorer meetings or can choose just to do one or the other.