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The Scout Association is a uniformed youth organisation and as part of it Explorers have a uniform of blue cargo type trousers with a stone colour shirt and scarf. There is also a casual plain stone colour polo shirt which can be worn instead of the shirt on some occasions and we also have our own entirely optional T-
Brocks Explorers also have a different policy on uniform to the younger sections. We spend a lot of our time doing activities where it isn’t sensible or necessary to wear uniform, scarf, etc and there is also a wider social aspect in the programme -
Either the shirt, or polo shirt, or the Brocks clothing can be worn on other occasions where the Unit is in contact with the public and we want to show that we are part of Brocks Explorers and the Scout Association. Dress on all other occasions will be appropriate to what we’re doing, and for physical activities the polo shirt/trousers combination is often ideal -
What does it cost?
Costs in Explorers tend to be slightly higher than the younger sections simply because we get out and about more and have a strong emphasis on outdoor activities. Being older and physically bigger we also sometimes have to pay adult rates. Our costs fall into two categories:
This is currently £12 per month payable by standing order which pays for:
Membership Fee -
"Rent" to Badger Hill Group for our use of their HQ with heating, lighting, water, etc
The general running costs of the Unit such as kit required for activities including the DofE award, scarves and badges, Insurance and maintenance of equipment, etc. It is traditional that the Brocks Explorer scarf, and any awards or badges gained are presented by the Unit, rather than by the individual receiving them having to pay for them.
Any spare cash is used to pay for all or part of activity costs, and we keep a small amount in reserve to pay for deposits when booking activities, to cover routine expenses such as kit repairs, and to provide a contingency fund for unexpected expenses.