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Right from the time of Baden-Powell, there have been arrangements for young people who wanted to continue after their time in the Scout Section, and in 1967, Venture Scouts were formed from the existing Senior Scout and Rover Scout Sections.

During the late 1990s we decided that, to meet the changing needs of young people, there should be two sections for the over-14s: Explorer Scouts for 14 to 18-year-olds, and the Scout Network for 18 to 25s.


The Explorer Scout Section is for young people, usually aged between 14 and 18 years. A young person can come into the group at 14 and may stay until they are 18 years old. The Exporer scouts are the fourth section in the Scouts, and enables young people to continue there scouting journey, building and developing the skills learnt during there time in the Scouts.

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Activities / Programme

York Minster District is please to be able to offer three District Explorer Units who meet weekly offering the Scouting programme and activities. A further unit exists which is attached to Stockton on the Forest Scout Group which focusses on the Explorer badge work only as is known as the Viking Explorer Badge Unit.

The Explorer Units will be out and about providing a full range of activities which support the achievement of the Platinum, Diamond and Queen’s Scout Awards.

There will be times when you will be busy doing other things such as exams, and being an Explorer Scout will have to fit around these. As an Explorer Scout, you will get the chance to attend any of the Explorer Scouts in the District, not just your Unit which provides choice of evenings during the week.


A group of Explorer Scouts is called a Unit.

Explorer Scouts make the same promise and follow the same law and motto as the Scouts.

The Scout Promise

On my honour I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and to the Queen,
To help other people
And to keep the Scout Law

The Scout Law

A Scout is to be trusted.
A Scout is loyal.
A Scout is friendly and considerate.
A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
A Scout has self-respect and respect from others.

The Scout Motto

Be Prepared