Find Out Whats New With Birmingham Explorers

Introduction To Explorers

Explorers are the fourth section of the Scouting movement. Right from the time of Baden-Powell, there have been arrangements for young people who wanted to continue after their time in the Scout Section, and in 1967, Venture Scouts were formed from the existing Senior Scout and Rover Scout Sections.
During the late 1990s we decided that, to meet the changing needs of young people, there should be two sections for the over-14s: Explorer Scouts for 14 to 18-year-olds, and the Scout Network for 18 to 25s.

History

Explorers are the fourth section of the Scouting movement. Right from the time of Baden–Powell, there have been arrangements for young people who wanted to continue after their time in the Scout Section, and in 1967, Venture Scouts were formed from the existing Senior Scout and Rover Scout Sections.

During the late 1990s we decided that, to meet the changing needs of young people, there should be two sections for the over–14s: Explorer Scouts for 14 to 18–year–olds, and the Scout Network for 18 to 25s.

Structure And Meetings

A group of Explorer Scouts is called a Unit.

Not all Units meet every week, partly due to activities, holidays, exams and the other commitments that crop up in a teenager’s life, and also because Explorers tend to get out and about at weekends more often than other sections.

Explorer Scouts often get the chance to work with other Explorer Scouts in their District, not just their own Unit, so can take part in an even wider spectrum of activities.

There is also a range of ambitious badges and awards, through which Explorers can demonstrate their proficiencies and expand their interests.

Activities

There are a whole range of interesting and exciting activities and programmes that are running in Explorer Units, Districts and County. Here you will find activities that are available to Explorers within the County and further afield.

County Activities for 2017:

  • County Air Rifle Shooting Competition
  • County Bivouac Survival Skills Badge Weekend
  • County iceSCOUT Winter Camp

National Activities include:

  • Gilwell 24
  • Sun Run and Malvern Challenge
  • Chase Walk

In addition to the above there are Adventurous Activities such as Kayaking, Mountaineering and Climbing/Abseiling.

All of our activities are based on the principle that we need to provide activities that develop young people and offer excitement but not danger, adventure but not hazard

Explorer Section Team

It is the role of the District Explorer Scout Commissioners (DESC), District Explorer Scout Administrators (DESA), District Explorer Scout Leaders (DESL) and the Assistant County Commissioner (ACC) (Explorers) as a team to support the Districts in the delivery of premium activities and programmes within the County and promote Scouting to the community.

We strive to put together new idea’s and develop plans for the future, so if you have any constructive thoughts then speak to your DESC or mail Steve Thomas, our ACC (Explorers).

The Future

At the moment, the County Explorer programme is in its infancy, and we are hoping to develop it over the next few years. Should you have any suggestions or thoughts about what could be achieved, or would be interested in helping to run an event for the County, then please get in touch.

Get Involved

If you’d like to get involved with Explorers in your area, follow the link below

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Any Questions?

Please contact:

Steve Thomas

steve.thomas@birminghamscouts.org.uk

The Team

County (ACC Explorers) |Steve Thomas
County Scout Leader ( Explorers) | John Nelson
Sutton Coldfield East | Paul Gilmore (DESC), Linda Evans (DESA)
Sutton Coldfield West | Position Vacant
Tame Valley | Steve Willetts (DESC)
Rea Valley | Position Vacant
Spitfire | Position Vacant
Cole Valley South | Dave Harris ( DESC)

More Information

Take a look at the links below to find out more about what the Birmingham Explorers have been up to:

County Air Rifle Shooting Competition Flyer & Rules Shooting Comp photos from 2013 County Bivouac Survival Skills Badge Weekend County iceScout Winter Camp