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With the support, direction and guidance of Unit leaders, Explorer Scouts are encouraged to lead themselves, design their own programme and work towards the top awards that Scouting offers. With exciting prospects like being a part of camps and expeditions both home and abroad; adventurous activities such as mountaineering, parascending and off shore sailing; Explorers offers fun and adventure for all. Explorers also have the opportunity to be a part of The Young Leaders’ Scheme which develops their leadership skills and sense of responsibility, by helping to run meetings for younger sections.


Explorer Units are the fourth Section of the Scouting family after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Explorer Scouts are young people aged between 14 and 18 years old. There is flexibility in the age range: young people can join from age 13½, and can move to Network from age 17½. Young people must have left the Explorer Scout section before the date of their 18th birthday.


We have two Explorer Units in the district:


1st Inkersall Scouts  

1st Whitwell Scouts


The Young Leaders’ Scheme is one of the programme elements in the Explorer Scout section. They are Explorer Scouts who choose to devote a large proportion of their time in Scouting to service in another section.


The Young Leaders’ Scheme helps Explorer Scouts to develop and grow as individuals. It allows them to make a valuable contribution to their community and give service to others. The scheme also helps them fulfil the service elements of their awards (such as the volunteering section for Duke of Edinburgh Award).


If you would like to enrol your child, simply Contact Us or use our enrolment form here.


The Explorer Scout uniform can be purchased from a number of locations. If you prefer to shop online, take a look at The Official Scout Shop, or The Scout and Guide Shop. You can go in person to the store in Chesterfield or the Scout and Guide Shop in the centre of Sheffield. Use the links provided to see details of their opening times and get more specific location details.