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What are Explorer Scouts?
Young people of both sexes aged from 14 to 18 years of age who share some common ideas and views. They are members of the newest section of the Scout Association which was radically restructured in 2002. The Scout section now has an upper age limit of 14 instead of the previous 16, and Venture Scout sections which used to cover from 16 to 20 no longer exist. Two new sections were formed, Explorers for 14-
How is it organised?
The UK Scout Association is organised on a pyramid structure with the top National level based at Gilwell Park in NE London. It then works downwards through Regions, Counties, Districts, and Groups to the three sections of Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts which make up most Groups.
When Explorers were set up, it was decided that as many Groups don’t have enough Scouts to make having their own Explorer Unit a viable proposition, Explorers would be run by Districts and not Groups. This means we’re not tied to taking Scouts exclusively from one Group and can also have members who are ex-
Brocks is one Explorer Unit out of four in Ampthill and Woburn District and we’re based in Maulden (the others are in Barton, Toddington, and Aspley Guise) . Although we’re not a section of Badger Hill Scout Group like Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts we have an agreement with them to use their headquarters for our regular meetings and other events.
In the present educational situation where the pressure of exams and testing has become almost non-