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Explorer Scouts

Explorer Scouts are aged between 14 and 18 years old, and are encouraged to lead themselves in deciding the programme and direction of the Unit, with support and guidance from leaders. There is wide scope for activities like offshore sailing, campaigning, performing, parascending, mountaineering and expeditions. Explorer Scouts can also help out as Young Leaders.

In Wokingham District there are several Units of Explorer Scouts, including Phoenix Unit that meets at Finchbase on a Monday night.


During your last term of Scouts, your leaders will talk to you about becoming an Explorer, and how to get on to the District waiting list. If you’re new to Scouting and want to join Explorers, please, please email the Group Scout Leader and we’ll pass your details on.

The Scout Association has produced a guide for parents, which you can download here: A Parent’s Guide to Explorers.


Explorer Scout Young Leaders

Explorer Scout Young Leaders (ESYLs) volunteer alongside adult leaders in a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack or Scout Troop. At 1st Finchampstead you’ll generally start off in Beavers or Cubs, and spend at least 6 months with that section before moving on to another one.

All Young Leaders who are members of Scouting are invested as Explorer Scouts. You can join in any of the activities offered by the Explorer Units, but you don’t have to attend a Unit. You have to complete 11 Modules and 4 Missions, which will help you become a good leader and an example to younger Scouts.

Wokingham District offers a monthly training meeting for Young Leaders, held on the 1st Thursday of each month, at 3rd Wokingham. This meeting covers the modules required, apart from the First Aid module. If you attended all the meetings over the year this will cover all of the modules. Module A (Safeguarding), is offered once a term and every Young Leader must attend that as a minimum. You are encouraged to do the Missions yourselves.


Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE)

If you’re in Scouting

If you want to do a DofE Award through Scouting then you must be a member of an Explorer Unit.

If you’re not in Scouting

If you’re doing a DofE Award but are not a member of Scouting, you can help out as a Young Leader – this will contribute towards your volunteering requirements. You must attend Module A (Safeguarding), and attend other Modules when you can. You can attend for the time required to complete the DofE requirement (for the Bronze Award this is 3 months). If you wish to continue helping after that time, you need to be invested in an Explorer Unit as a Young Leader.


To enquire about helping 1st Finchampstead as a non-Scouting Young Leader, please email the Assistant Group Scout Leader.