What is Explorer Scouts?
- You’re coming to the end of your time at Scouts, not sure where to go next?
- Over 13 ½ years old and looking for a new challenge?
- Not sure if Explorers is for you?
- Well, it is time to give it a go!
Explorer Scouts is the BEST section to be a part of in the Scouting journey; it is where your adventure can take you across the UK and even abroad! The programme is more based on skills for life and character-building than collecting badges, but there are plenty to collect if that is your thing too! For Young People aged 14-18 years you will jump straight into all the exciting opportunities that Explorer Scouting has to offer you.
Like all sections, the Explorers are guided by our founding principles and have to make and live by their Scout Promise.
Explorer Unit choices in Bognor Regis
There are three units in the Bognor Regis Area and all units have the same Subscription cost of £50 per academic term.
Tsunami Explorer Scout Unit
Based in St Mary’s School, Glamis Street, PO21 1DJ
Thursdays 19:30 – 21:30
Jaguar Air Explorer Scout Unit
Based in South Bersted School, Church Lane, PO22 9PZ
Fridays 19:30 – 21:30
Arctic Fox Sea Explorer Scout Unit
Based in Scout Hut, Vicarage Lane, Felpham, PO22 7DZ
Thursdays 19:45 – 21:30
Tsunami Explorer Scout Unit
2nd Bognor is partnered with Tsunami Explorers, this does not mean that all members must move up to Tsunami, but we hold a strong relationship with the unit and many of our members choose to move up to Tsunami, to continue their Scouting. For the remainder of the page, we will be speaking about Tsunami Explorers.
We offer a weekly programme alongside weekend events such as paintballing, ice skating, and community volunteering, the programme varies every year but will cover the main aspects of Explorer Scouting:
- Survival Skills
- Peer-Led Nights Away
- Adventurous Activities
- Health and Fitness
- Teambuilding and Leadership
- International Scouting
- Visits and Visitors
- Delivering skills for life.
Welsh Dragon Award
Who said camping was only for the Summer…NOT US!
The Welsh Dragon Award is a celebration of camping, camaraderie, and the outdoors! The Challenge? To sleep under Canvas, outside, one night, every month for a year. Our Camps are kept interesting as we do not camp in the same places every month, and every camp has an activity to do with it.
If you already have your Bronze Dragon Award from Scouts then GREAT you can aim for your Silver or even Gold, if you have not got any, then no worries you can start at Bronze with us!
We join in County and National Camps like Gilwell 24 and London Monopoly Run, have a 7-day Summer Camp, Help the National Trust with Woodland Management, Hammock Camping, Peer-led games night camps, and even The Stone Pillow: Big Sleep Out.
Of course, you do not have to come to all of them and you can pick and choose but you do have the opportunity!
Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, DofE for short, is an amazing opportunity and nationally recognised award to broaden any young person’s ambitions in life and give them a sense of responsibility, achievement, and self-fulfillment which is sometimes lacking in modern-day young culture.
The Scheme is broken down into three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. You can jump straight in at any level depending on your age. You can start Bronze and Silver in the academic year that you turn 14 and 15 respectively, but for Gold you must be 16 before you can start. You have up till your 25th Birthday to complete your award but if you hold your ground and get on with it you can finish all three levels by your 18th birthday like some other past Tsunami alumni.
To find out more please visit www.dofe.org
To find out more about completing your DofE through Tsunami, please read our ‘Why DofE’ Information Booklet.
Chief Scout’s Top Awards
As an Explorer, you will be mainly working towards your Top Awards. These include your Chief Scout’s Platinum and Diamond Award. After you complete your DofE Bronze and Silver respectively it is just a few more challenges and nights away to complete some of the highest youth awards available. At Tsunami more than 90% of our members achieve at least one of their Top Awards and many go on to achieve multiple.
These top awards are looked upon kindly by Further and Higher Education enrolment boards. They represent a young person’s character and determination, highlighting their involvement in their local and international communities and their Values.
To find out more about the Chief Scout’s Platinum and Diamond Award please click the respective badges above.
King’s Scout Award
This is the highest award you can achieve as a youth member in the Scouts. This is the peak of an Explorers time in the section and can be achieved up to the age of 25. To complete this award, you need to complete your Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, 18 Nights Away and complete 6 items from the International, Community and Values lists.
If you have been making your way through the Top Awards this is a cumulative effort, but you can jump straight in at King’s. It has been done before! We have a high rate of achievement for this award at Tsunami.
You will see many of the leaders at 2nd Bognor wearing these proudly on their adult uniforms.
To learn more about this amazing award please click on the badge.
Please see an example of the Journey to King’s Scout from one of our own leaders, Katherine.
Young Leader Scheme
This is a scheme that allows Explorers to go and volunteer as part of the leadership team in younger sections across Bognor Regis, they will get a placement at a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack, or Scout Troop.
Helping weekly, going to camps and helping plan the programme allow the explorers to gain skills in leadership, teamwork, time management, communication, working with adults, public speaking and many more skills for life.
Scouts cannot go back and help their old Troop until they have been away for at least a Year, this will be discussed with the Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leaders)
Young Leaders are invited to attend Young Leader Training Camp every Easter to cover most of their training, will need to complete their Module A with their 1st 3 months of starting (arranged locally), and be able to attend First Aid training. The Modules are as follows:
Module A – Prepare for take-off
Module B – Taking the lead
Module C- That’s the way to do it!
Module D – Understanding behaviour
Module E – Game on!
Module F – Making Scouting accessible and inclusive
Module G – What is a high-quality programme?
Module H – Programme planning
Module I – What did they say?
Module J – Communicate it!
Module K- First aid masterclass
Once done with all the modules, Young Leaders can complete 4 missions and complete their Young Leaders Belt. Which is equal to an Institute of Leadership and Management Award.
To find out more about the Young Leader scheme please go to https://www.scouts.org.uk/explorers/awards/young-leader-award/