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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 other local  troops who’ve chosen to join Brocks. We have regular joint evenings and activities with the other Explorer Units in the District and also go to national Explorer events such as the Gilwell 24 in July each year.


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 457,000 young people supported by 154.000 adults. In January 2017 Ampthill & Woburn District had over 5000 young people including nearly 100 Explorers, about 25% of whom are girls. Brocks is currently 14 strong with six girls. We started with four girls and five guys so the makeup of the Unit hasn’t changed much in 16 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. His career has included surveying, camping and surviving in some of the less attractive parts of the world, and he has two grown-up sons who both did the Cubs to Ventures route.



Assistant Explorer Scout Leader:


  Rose Bradshaw - An ex-Brocks Explorer now   returned as a leader after qualifying as an   Occupational Therapist, and getting married   in 2017. Claim to fame: when we changed   our name from Badger Hill Explorers to Brocks   Explorers in 2009 she designed our new scarf  of black with a cerise and green double   edging.