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Cheshire Explorer Scouts

Do more. Share more. Be more.

We are proud to be the fourth section of the Scout family for young people aged 14-18. Cheshire currently hosts over 1,000 Explorer Scouts in over 45 units who have gained some incredible life-shaping experiences through scouting. We are also proud to host an evolving Cheshire Young Leader scheme. By following an inclusive and youth-led programme, Explorers are encouraged to challenge themselves, do their best and be themselves through an exciting time of their lives.

We are delighted to share some exciting news, vital links and new resources with you here. Enjoy discovering the web pages and get involved with as much as you can.

Click here to find your nearest Explorer Scout unit and others in your district! Use the button below to meet the Explorer teams in Cheshire.

Duke of Edinburgh Award quick downloads:

Want to join Explorers in Cheshire?
We offer a group finding facility on the Cheshire Scouts website. All you need to do is enter your postcode and it will show you a list of groups in order of distance from the postcode you have entered. This will allow you to see where the most local groups are to your area. You can access the group finder by clicking here.

Click here to join Explorers!

Amelia Riley
Assistant County Commissioner
(Explorer Scouts)
Cheshire, UK

Our BTEC Hub

Open up horizons.
Unlock your potential.

We are excited to announce a new partnership with CVQO, which will see twenty
young people aged 14-18 gain a BTEC Level 2 qualification in Teamwork and Personal Development in the coming months. This will be part of a pilot project to help gather research into its suitability to be rolled out across the county for even more young people to gain the award.

Check out our progress on Our BTEC Hub:

OutRight 2020

Speak out on children’s rights, with OutRight!

Check out what happened during our most recent climate change campaign course.

The Chambonauts

3, 2, 1… Blast off!

The countdown to Cheshire’s space-themed International Jamboree has begun! Run ever four years, Chamboree attracts over 5,000 Scouts and Guides from all over Cheshire. Tatton showground buzzes with excitement and activity and Explorer Scouts get to camp on their own separate subcamp and engage in a jam-packed week of activities, events and challenges.

The Chamboree Programme Team have put some activities together to get you excited for the big event! We’ve recommended the age range suitability of an activity, but don’t hesitate to check out the activities and their suitability for your programme! To help leaders we’ve provided links to the Scout & Guide badges.

If you’ve got any more ideas to offer, we’d love to hear from you. Share them by emailing our Chamboree Programme Team.

Why not share your photos & videos with us! @Chamboree #Chambonauts

Cheshire Explorer Belt 2023

The challenge of a lifetime.

It is your opportunity to take part in an exciting expedition that brings you a real understanding of a different country, its culture and way of life.

As part of a small team, you will undertake a 10-day expedition outside of the UK with a minimum travelling time of 50 hours over the 10 days, by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy.

You will plan your own route, meals, accommodation and even budget. Also as part of the award, you will complete one major discovery project and ten minor projects along the way.

JOTA-JOTI Jamboree

15th – 17th October 2021

JOTA-JOTI is about the 21st century skills you can learn in Scouting and the values of global citizenship. The event is open to Scouts around the world, enabling young people to connect and communicate with each other using the Internet and amateur radio. JOTA-JOTI engages youth in educational activities that build teamwork, cross-cultural understanding and skills for the future.

Cheshire Scouts invite you to take part in this special event this October. Scouting is a global movement and we welcome as many Scouts as possible to join us in this unique international discovery weekend. We have prepared an activity pack, full of ideas and things to consider in order for you to host your very own event either at home for yourself or with a local Colony, Pack, Troop, Unit, Group or District! We recommend seeking the support of your local ADC and District Commissioner if setting up a group event. But why not let the county team know too and we can visit during the weekend!

Participation in the event will count towards young people’s award and badge work.

Cheshire Young Leaders

Leaders of the future.

Have you had a great time in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and would you like to continue your Scouting Journey? You can join our Explorer Scout Young Leader’s Scheme! Our multi-talented Young Leader Explorer Scouts can enjoy the opportunity to help lead our younger sections including Beaver colonies and Cub packs and Scout troops in their weekly meetings whilst developing your leadership skills. You will follow the Young Leader training scheme completing Modules and Missions. At the end of your training, you will be awarded with the Young Leader Explorer Belt Buckle. For specialist advice, you can message Diane Blurton or Emma Williams, our County Explorer Leaders (Young Leaders):

Explorer Scout Awards

Think big and reach the top.

As an Explorer Scout, you are encouraged to achieve a number of awards. These are designed to enhance your scouting experience but also look great on a CV or personal statement. They are a great way to gain skills that will be useful for the rest of your adult life. Skills such as responsibility, self-confidence, teamwork and resilience are the focus of award work. Find out more to see what top awards can do for you. For specialist advice, you can speak to Carol Frain, Cheshire’s ACC Top Awards:

Resources for Units & Leaders

Start small but think big.

We have 45 Explorer units in Cheshire who meet weekly to run exciting activities & give Explorers challenges and adventures to prepare them with useful skills for the rest of their lives. Whether it is building an AI robot, going on expedition or ice-skating at Christmas, Explorer Scouts are encouraged to be adventurous! If you are an Explorer Scout or leader, find out more to access the valuable Scout resource centre.

Taking The Lead: Youth-shaped in Practice

This resource has been designed for young people like you, so that you can work with the leaders and Young Leaders in your Unit to develop your leadership skills within the Scout Troop or Explorer Unit. It will help you take more of an active role in the day-to-day running of your Troop/Unit, providing useful information and tried and tested activities.

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Taking The Lead: Youth-shaped in Practice

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