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Most Badger Hill Scouts move to Brocks Explorers, but they don’t have to if they’d prefer to join another Unit, and we have Scouts from Flitwick and Ampthill troops who’ve chosen to join Brocks. We have occasional joint evenings and activities, either on a District-wide basis with all the A&W Units and sometimes just with one or two of our neighbouring Units.

Explorers have had both boys and girls as members since they started in 2002 following on from the Venture Scout Units which were also co-ed from when they started in 1967. That was also the year we dropped Boy Scouts, Scoutmasters, and Dib-dib-dib................   :-)

Scouting is the largest Youth Organisation in UK with 433,975 young people supported by 102,812 adults. In January 2013 Ampthill & Woburn District had 4963 young people including 91 Explorers, 21 of whom are girls (23%). Brocks is currently 21 strong with 9 girls. We started with four girls and five guys so the makeup of the Unit hasn’t changed much in 15 years.

The Leader Team

Explorer Scouting is run by adult leaders, BUT with as much input as possible from the Explorers on programme planning, deciding policy, setting Unit rules, etc.

Explorer Scout Leader: Dave Davies, Self-employed Land Surveyor. Assistant Scout Leader at Badger Hill for about 14 years before starting the Explorer Unit in 2002. Has had a career involving surveying, camping and surviving in some of the less attractive parts of the world, with two grown-up sons who both did the Cubs to Ventures journey.

Assistant Explorer Scout Leaders:

Andy Martin - Quantity Surveyor by profession, now working for a local estate agent. Joined us in 2012, his son was in Brocks from 2003 and his daughter was an Explorer with Anomalous Unit in Ampthill.

Andrew Draycott - Works for East Anglian Air Ambulance. Went through Cubs, Scouts, and Explorers until he “retired” at 18, went off to Uni, and has now returned as an Assistant Leader.


Harry King - Another Brocks Explorer turned Leader, who also started in Cubs. At Durham University and with us when he’s home.

  Rose Ware - the 3rd ex-Brocks Explorer now   returned as a leader after qualifying as an   Occupational Therapist. Claim to fame: she    designed our scarf in 2009