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Harpenden and Wheathampstead District Scouts

Explorers are young people, usually aged between 14 and 18 years old. They make up the fourth section of the Scouting family after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

Structure and meetings

A group of Explorers is called a Unit.
Not all Units meet every week, partly due to activities, holidays, exams and the other commitments that crop up in a teenager's life, and also because Explorers tend to get out and about at weekends more often than other sections.


Explorers often get the chance to work with other Explorers in their District, not just their own Unit, so can take part in an even wider spectrum of activities.
There is also a range of ambitious badges and awards, through which Explorers can demonstrate their proficiencies and expand their interests.


Moving up from Scouts to Explorer Scouts...

If you are a Scout in one of the District Group then you need NOT join the Explorer waiting list. You will be sent the application form automatically by your Leader before your "going up" age. The District Explorer Units have 3 intake dates which are organised by when your birthday is...

  • Born between 1st January & 30th April
    • Move up at the start of the Summer term
  • Born between 1st May & 31st August
    • Move up at the start of the Autumn term
  • Born between 1st September & 31st December
    • Move up at the start of the Spring term

Find out more about us...

Here you can find a PowerPoint presention about the Explorer Units in our District and also a Word form. This will assist getting a smooth transfer from your current Scout Troop to one of the District Explorer units.


Harpenden and Wheathampstead District Scouts
District Commissioner, 65 Station Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4XF
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