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 links:

Want to join Explorers in Cheshire?
We offer a group finding facility on the Cheshire Scouts website. All you need to do is enter your postcode and it will show you a list of groups in order of distance from the postcode you have entered. This will allow you to see where the most local groups are to your area. You can access the group finder by clicking here.

Click here to join Explorers!

Amelia Riley
Assistant County Commissioner
(Explorer Scouts)
Cheshire, UK
[email protected]

Our BTEC Hub

Open up horizons.
Unlock your potential.

We are excited to continue our partnership with CVQO, which will see
young people aged 16-19 gain a BTEC Level 2 qualification in Teamwork and Personal Development in the coming months. This will be part of a programme to help young people receive recognition for their hard work and dedication to developing skills for life throughout their participation in the Scout movement.

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.

Promise To The Planet

Act now. Change tomorrow.

By 2023, all Cheshire Groups and Units will have achieved or completed an environmental project or taken climate action, impacting their local community in a fun, inclusive and youth-led manner.

We would like every Group and Unit in Cheshire to undertake an environmental project or take local climate action in 2022. This could be as inspiring as a youth-led discussion about global issues or as epic as building a conservation garden in your local area.

The Chambonauts

3, 2, 1… Blast off!

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.

The Chamboree Programme Team have put some activities together to get you excited for the big event! We’ve recommended the age range suitability of an activity, but don’t hesitate to check out the activities and their suitability for your programme! To help leaders we’ve provided links to the Scout & Guide badges.

If you’ve got any more ideas to offer, we’d love to hear from you. Share them by emailing our Chamboree Programme Team.

Why not share your photos & videos with us! @Chamboree #Chambonauts

25 World Scout Jamboree

Think big. Dream wild. Act together 

In Summer 2023, more than 40,000 Scouts from all over the world (72 Explorers from Cheshire) will gather in Korea for the 25 World Scout Jamboree. The World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) is a World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) event, it happens every four years, each time hosted by a different country. We’re so proud that thousands of UK young people aged 14 to 17 and their leaders will travel to South Korea and we’ll call ourselves the UK Contingent.  

Our Contingent are more than just travel buddiesthey are planners, fundraisers, motivators and mentorsWe’ve got a lot to achieve in a short time but we’ll leap at the challenge as weThink big. Dream wild. Act Together.  

We don’t just dream. We act. 

We dream about a sustainable world, where everyone’s welcomeBut we’re not just about dreamingScouts want to see action tooOur UK Contingent won’t silently creep round global issues, we’ll be trailblazers for getting young voices heard…you’re gonna hear us roar.  We know that dreams come true when we work together.

Cheshire Explorer Belt 2023

The challenge of a lifetime.

It is your opportunity to take part in an exciting expedition that brings you a real understanding of a different country, its culture and way of life.

As part of a small team, you will undertake a 10-day expedition outside of the UK with a minimum travelling time of 50 hours over the 10 days, by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy.

You will plan your own route, meals, accommodation and even budget. Also as part of the award, you will complete one major discovery project and ten minor projects along the way.

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): [email protected].

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: [email protected].

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