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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:

Graham Proctor
Assistant County Commissioner
(Explorer Scouts)
Cheshire, UK
@CheshExplorers
explorers@cheshirescouts.org.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.


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): youngleaders@cheshirescouts.org.uk.


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: carol.frain@cheshirescouts.org.uk.


Explorer Scouting at Home

#LockdownLifeSkills.

There are countless things that you can be doing at home to stay busy but with so many other pressures right now, we know that Explorers may be feeling overwhelmed.

If you look through these special lockdown activities, you’ll be amazed at how much you can achieve.


Covid-friendly programming

Get creative.

As we transition out of lockdown slowly into a more blended approach to Explorer scouting, let’s get creative with our Unit programmes!

The most effective scouting we can do will be to deliver a balanced, youth-led programme. Click below to find out the official advice on adapting programmes safely & for over 20 activity ideas for socially-distant Explorers.


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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Chamboree 2022

Engage and discover.

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.


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Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
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