Explorers 14-18 yrs

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Explorers 14-18 yrs

Explorer Scouts are young people, usually aged between 14 and 18 years old. They make up the fourth Section of the Scouting family. There are many types of Explorer Scout Units, some may be linked to your local Scout Group, others may be based around different activities.


Parents Guide to Explorers

Members registration form:

Note: All Explorer Scouts and Young Leaders must be registered with the Explorer Scout Administrator Tracy Seton, utilising the form above, so that they may receive training/support.


District News:


Well done to Silverhelme ESU on coming 1st and 4th in the recent “Operation Moonlight” event run by Ormskirk District. One team won first overall out of 110 teams of all age ranges and the other came 4th in the explorer section out of 42 teams. 

The aim of the exercise is to navigate a course from a secret start location to the finish whilst avoiding catchers, and returning with as many lives as possible intact. As a rough guide the course will be 9 hours long and approximately 10 miles on a direct route, however most teams usually walk a greater distance to avoid catchers.

Results are here

Message from the DESComm (Act):

Hi everyone

Thanks to those that could make the meeting last week, it was really useful, and very positive too! I am looking forward to visiting the units over the next few weeks…

Just a couple of updates following on from the meeting:

Leader Training –

Explorer Leader Training 10th-11th March – Guys Farm, Forton. (On our home turf!)

If anyone needs the training (most leaders!) then you can book on via Clare, our training manager:

Take the Lead
I am looking for four enthusiastic Explorer Scouts, with great potential as leaders, to learn about how they can shape their Scouting and develop their skills on this weekend course. 10-11th March also at Guys Farm, Forton
If you have anyone in mind then please contact me.

Tracy is doing a cracking job of getting all units on OSM, we will spend some time looking at this on the 22nd, but do make the most of the resource for programmes, badges, finance, admin etc- it should make life much easier!

If you’ve got any Explorers that need interviewing/signing off for their Chief Scout Platinum/Diamond awards- let me know…

Thanks to those who have sent me their programme so far, if not, can you send it through and I will circulate them and also send to GSLs and SLs to big us up…

Nights Away Permits:
At the meeting we agreed that the following need to apply for their nights away permit before we meet again! Daniel, Rhianne, Ali, Hannah and Hazel! Any more out there?

Forms here: http://www.lonsdalescouts.org.uk/nightsaway/

Dates for your Diary:
10-11th March – Explorer Leader Training/Take the Lead
14th Mar – County Explorer Forum – County Hall
1st April – The MAC, Lake District
6th May – Shelter Box Scavenger Hunt, Liverpool
30th Jun – County Explorer Scout Camp

Forthcoming Adventures

Below is a selection of the upcoming adventures for Explorers.  Please speak to your leaders, or to Tracy Seton (DESA) for more information.

If you want to attend an event but your unit is not planning on attending then please again contact us and  there is every chance that  a district solution will be found.

 ROJAM2017 :  31/07/17 to 15/8/17

Would You Like To Take Part in a Jamboree?

West Lancashire Scouts are sending a Contingent to next Summer’s Romanian National Jamboree. RoJam 2017 will be held in Cristian, on the outskirts of the spectacular city of Brasov, surrounded by superb mountain scenery. We will be camping just a few miles from Bran Castle, reputed to be the inspiration for the story of Count Dracula.

The dates are 31 July to 15th August. Applications are invited from Explorer Scouts and Scouts who will be aged from 13 to 17 next August. Closing date for applications is 17 January 2017.

Romanian Jamboree 2017

Finland Explorer Belt 2017explorer-belt

In the summer of 2017 West Lancs will be taking a group 16-25 year olds to complete their Explorer Belt in Finland. It is a challenge of a lifetime, a ten day expedition, that brings you a real understanding of a different country, its culture and way of life. You will develop this understanding by travelling through Finland, working as part of a small team (between 3 and 7, ideally 4) to complete a series of projects and most importantly by meeting local people. It is an experience and an achievement that you will remember for the rest of your life.
The cost is set to be no more that £775 including flights or £525 without them.

If you are interested in receiving more details and registering possible interest then please email: explorer.belt@westlancsscouts.org.uk
There will also be an information evening at 7.30pm on the 15th September at County Hall Preston, PR1 8XJ.

Ardennes Adventure 26 May – 4 June 2017

The event takes place in the Ardennes region of southern Belgium, midway between Bruxelles (the capital city of Belgium) and Luxembourg. The Adventure will be based in the pretty village of Mont – Godinne in a property that belongs to the Belgian Catholic Scouting Association. The cost of the event is £395 .00

This includes travel to and from Mont – Godinne in Belgium, internal transport to/from the activities, eight nights’ camp fees and breakfasts at the Mont – Godinne Scout Centre, all specialist activity equipment and instruction

Choose three activities from the following. You will spend two consecutive days on each activity.
Canadian Canoeing
Mountain Biking
Rock Climbing
For more information and booking information download the flyer ardennes2017_flyer

 “Gilwell 24”

Visit the website

Gilwell24 2016 Video here

District Explorer Forum

coming soon . . .

Position of badges on uniform