Being an Explorer

When you join Explorers, you’ll be introduced to lots of new activities, people and things.

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Activities and what you’ll get up to

With the support, direction and guidance of Unit leaders, you’ll be encouraged to lead yourselves, design your 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.

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Explorers start small but think big, always challenging themselves to do more and be more. It all starts with an award.

Dive right in Register for the KSA

Explorer Promise

As a values based movement we all make the ‘The Promise’ an oath that helps us to be our best

Learn the Scout Promise

Moving to Network

Eventually, it’ll be time embrace your next big adventure.

Discover Network

Uniform and badge placement

You don’t need a uniform to join Explorers. But once you’ve settled in, you’ll start speedily earning badges, and you’ll need to know where to put them.

What to wear Badge Placement

Explorer leaders

All of our leaders are trained volunteers working to make Explorers the best it can be, but we don’t just need swashbuckling adventurers to lead our expeditions. We also need tidy-uppers and tea-makers and great listeners from all walks of life – for as much or as little time as they can spare.

Volunteer on your own terms

Ready to join?

Due to its geographical spread there are 6 Explorer Units in the District:

  • The Addingham Unit usually meet at Addingham Football & Scouts Pavilion
  • The Burley Unit meets at Burley in Wharfedale Scout & Guides HQ
  • The Ilkley Unit meets usually at 1st Ben Rhydding HQ
  • The Olicana Unit meets usually at 3rd Ben Rhydding HQ
  • The Otley Unit currently has programmes running at both Otley Bridge Church HQ and
    Otley Parish Church HQ
  • We do not currently have a Young Leaders Unit (but we do have Young Leaders working with the Groups)

Unit Meeting Days:

(Click here to contact the unit leaders)

Otley BridgeMonday
2nd OtleySunday

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