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About Explorers

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.

Of course, you can join Explorers if you've never been in Scouting before so why don't you come and find out more.


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 Explorer Scouts are the fifth section in the Scouts, enabling young people to continue their scouting journey; building on the skills learnt during their time in Scouts (or developing new ones, if new to Scouting).  In Minster District, there are currently three Explorer Units: Apollo at Clifton, Enterprise at Huntington and Phoenix at Osbaldwick.

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Our Units
Activities / Programme

York Minster District is pleased to be able to offer three District Explorer Units, who meet weekly to offer the Scouting programme and activities. 

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 a choice of evenings during the week.