Wythenshawe Explorer Scouts
Who are Explorers?
Explorers are a go-getting group of young people aged 14 to 18. Together, they make up the fifth section of the Scouts.
Week in and week out, they gather in groups called Units to try new things, make new friends and conquer the small task of changing the world.
Our Explorer Unit is called Wythenshawe Templars ESU, they meet once a week on a Sunday from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm.
What do Explorers get up to?
Discover the world
Being an Explorer is all about discovering the world on your own terms and making the most of what you have, wherever and whomever you are.
Alongside your new friends, you’ll master the skills that will make you feel stronger and happier in the long run, and try things you’d never get the chance to do at home or at school.
Whether you’re hiking to faraway lands or building a robot in your local town hall, you’ll have the freedom to choose what you’d like to do and work together with adults to make it happen.
Start small but think big
Explorers start small but think big.
They stand up for what they believe and make a difference on their own doorsteps, confident in the knowledge that their daily actions add up.
Seek out the answers to big questions
Explorers seek out the answers to the big questions, and to the smaller questions that don’t seem to matter but really should.
Most importantly, they say yes more often than they say no - whether they’re signing up for their first major hike across Europe, or writing their first line of code, or accepting the last of the toasted marshmallows.
Sound like fun? That’s because it is. All that’s missing is you.
What does an Explorer Unit look like?
Within their Unit, Explorers are part of a Patrol - smaller groups of Explorers who look out for one another and help each other grow. Explorers usually gather in their Patrols at the beginning and end of meetings. They might also stick together on expeditions or trips away, or during certain activities.
At Scouts, there is a range of badges and challenge awards that Scouts can gain to recognise their achievements.
Further information about badges and awards for the Scout section can be found here.
Promises and Ceremonies
Every Explorer is unique, but they find common ground in their shared Scout values and make a promise to stick by them.
Making a promise when you join the Unit is a way of celebrating these values.
Every time a new Explorer decides to join, they chat through their promise with their leader before saying it out loud in front of their fellow Explorers. Family and friends might come along to see this, too. The process usually takes place once you’ve had a few weeks to settle in, and is known as being ‘invested’ into Explorers.
Options for the promise can be found here.
The Explorer Scout Law
A Scout is to be trusted.
A Scout is loyal.
A Scout is friendly and considerate.
A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.
The Explorer Scout Motto
Explorers wear a beige shirt or blouse with a Group scarf (often called a necker), These can be purchased from the Group or via scout shops online.
Explorer Scout Uniform - Purchase here
If you were a Beaver, Cub or Scout, you'll already know that being a Scout is all about completing awards at every step of the journey.
As an Explorer, there are more chances to soar than ever before, as you'll be introduced to a whole new range of Top Awards.
You can work towards as many awards as you like, at your own pace.
Are you ready? Let's get stuck in.