The 34th Reigate (Meadvale) Explorer unit was started by me in January 2003. It is situated in the Scout Hut of the 34th Reigate (Meadvale) Scout groups Headquarters. We started with two patrols Dragons and Griffins names were chosen by the Explorers. In January 2007 we started another patrol the Unicorns as our numbers grew. At the end of 2010 a fourth patrol was started Minators.
When we entered competitions we are always known as the Fag Coats in honor of ex Queen Scout Explorer Matt Izard.
In 2012 we again changed the Patrols and went back to three Patrols
   
                                                                                  
 
DRAGONS PATROL 2010 IOW (All four went on to become Queen Scouts)

(Four became Queen Scouts)
GRIFFINS PATROL IOW 2010

(3 became Queen Scouts)
UNICORNS PATROL IOW 2010

What is Explorer Scouting?
Explorer Scouts are young people, usually aged between 14 and 18 years old. They make up the fourth Section of the Scouting family. There are many types of Explorer Scout Units, some Like ours are linked to a Scout Group, others may be based around different activities.

Not all Units meet each week, because you will often be out and about at weekends or in the holidays doing activities. 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 work with other Explorer Scouts in your District, not just your Unit. By doing this, you will get the chance to do many more actvities, not just the ones your Unit organises.

Uniform

Explorer Scouts wear a beige shirt or blouse with a Unit scarf (or a Group one if there is a partnership agreement), and navy blue activity trousers or skirt with a Scout belt. They can wear an Explorer Belt and buckle if this has been awarded.

Membership Award

 

The Membership Award is only completed by young people joining from outside the Movement.

Scout section members complete the Moving-on Award from the Scout Section.

To gain the Membership Award, the following requirements need to be completed:

  • Describe the various options available locally to become an Explorer Scout.

  • Show an understanding of the Scout Promise and Law.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of local, national and international Scouting.

  • After discussion with your Explorer Scout Leader, describe the Unit management and support available to you, including the Unit Constitution.

  • Make the Scout Promise and accept the Scout Law.

Young people make the Promise and gain the Membership Award only once in Explorer Scouts, no matter how many Units they join.

The location for making the Promise should be decided by the young person and the Explorer Scout Leader, and should be appropriate and memorable. The Promise should be made in front of the other Explorer Scouts.

Young people should make the Promise within a period of between six and twelve weeks of joining. Those who have been Scouts will probably be ready sooner than young people who have not.

Scout Law

Scout Promise

  

Chief Scout's Platinum Award

 

 

To gain this award the following requirements must be completed:

  • Be a member of Explorer Scouts for at least six months.

  • Complete six nights away as an Explorer Scout of which four must be camping.

  • Complete two activities from the International, Environment and Values list. The two activities should come from different areas.

  • Hold the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, or complete the four Platinum Scout Challenges, which are:

    • take up a skill for three months, and show progress and lasting interest. The skill can be an existing interest or something entirely new

    • take up a physical activity for three months, completing an agreed programme of taking part and achievement

    • provide service to an individual or the community for three months. Briefing and training should be given in order to gain the necessary skills. This can include helping with another section as a Young Leader

    • complete a two day and one night expedition in rural country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy. The expedition should involve careful preparation, training, responsibility and review

Members must undertake an extra three months in any of the skills, physical recreation or service challenges.

 

Chief Scout's Diamond Award 

 

 

The Chief Scout's Diamond Award is the highest of the Chief Scout's Awards, and the final step before the Queen's Scout Award. To gain the Chief Scout's Diamond Award, members must complete the following:

  • Be a member of Explorer Scouts or the Scout Network or both for at least 12 months. This can include any time counted for the Chief Scout's Platinum Award.

  • Complete 12 nights away as an Explorer Scout or member of the Scout Network, of which eight must be camping. This may include the nights counted for the Chief Scout's Platinum Award.

  • Complete two activities from the list of International, Environment and Values activities. These should be different activities from the Chief Scout's Platinum Award and not from the same area.

  • Hold the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, or complete the four Diamond Challenges, which are:

    • take up a skill for three or six months, and show progress and lasting interest. The skill can be an existing interest or something entirely new.

    • take up a physical activity for three or six months, completing an agreed programme of taking part and achievement.

    • provide service to an individual or the community for six months. Briefing and training should be given in order to gain the necessary skills. This many include helping with another section as a Young Leader.

    • complete a three day and two night expedition in rural or open country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy. The expedition should involve careful preparation, training, responsibility and review.

All Members should complete six months in either the physical activity or the skill.

Members who have not completed the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award or the Chief Scout's Platinum Award must undertake an extra six months in either the Service Challenge or the longer of the Skills or Physical Recreation Challenge.

Queen's Scout Award

To gain the Queen's Scout Award you must complete the following:

Membership

Be aged between 16 and 25 years old and have been a member of Explorer Scouts or the Scout Network (or both) for at least 18 months. This can include time counted towards the Chief Scout’s Platinum or Diamond Awards.

Nights Away

Complete 18 nights away as an Explorer Scout or member of the Scout Network, of which 12 must be camping (this may include nights counted towards the Chief Scout’s Platinum or Diamond Awards). See the ‘Additional Information’ section for more information.

 

International, Environmental, Values List

 

Complete two activities from the International, Environmental and Values list. These should be different activities from the Chief Scout’s Platinum and Diamond Awards, and from two different areas.

Challenges

Hold a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award OR

Complete the 5 Queen’s Scout Award Challenges

Take up a skill for 6 or 12* months, and show progress and lasting interest. The skill can be an existing interest or something entirely new.

Physical activity

Take up a physical activity for 6 or 12* months, completing an agreed programme by taking part and achieving your objectives.

Provide service to an individual or the community for 12 months. Briefing and training should be given in order to gain the necessary skills. This may include helping with another section of the movement as an Explorer Scout Young Leader or adult volunteer.

Expedition

Undertake a 4-day and 3-night expedition in open or adventurous country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy. The expedition should involve careful preparation, training, responsibility and review.

Undertake a 5-day and 4-night residential project in an unfamiliar environment with people who are not known to you. This project could be environmental work, activity-based, service to others or personal training.

If for any reason someone has to drop out then it is not possible for a non-Member to take their place in the expedition.

Presentation

Make a presentation, to a suitable audience, of your achievements in working towards the Queen’s Scout Award.

All members should complete 12 months in either the skill or the physical activity challenges.

 

Explorer Scouts and members of the Scout Network who are not holders of a Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award must complete an extra 6 months in either the service or the longer of the skills or physical recreation challenges.

 

Additional information:

 

 

Nights Away

 

Camping also includes using other outdoor shelters, such as bivouacs and snow holes.

Nights away can be counted if they take place: with other Explorer Scouts/ Scout Network members; while undertaking an award for Explorer Scouts/ Scout Network; or while completing an activity contributing directly to the section programme.

It also includes any nights away undertaken as a Young Leader/adult volunteer with another section.

Working for more than one award at a time

An award does not have to be completed before activities can count for the next award. For example, if an Explorer Scout has completed the expedition element of their Chief Scout’s Platinum Award but not the rest of their award, they can begin the expedition section of the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award.

Award standards

The awards are based on personal best effort and not on fixed standards. Therefore, the quality of the personal effort is much more important than the quality of the content, which will vary according to ability, age and other factors.

Taking a break or changing activities

If you want to change activities during an award, this is possible, although on one occasion only. It is also possible to take a break from an activity and then to restart from where you stopped. This could happen during a period of school, college or university exams.

Special needs

If you have a special need it is best practice to make sure that your leader and Commissioner are aware of the situation so that they can support you in gaining the award in the way that is suitable for you.

Like the Chief Scout's Diamond Award, the Queen's Scout Award can be gained in either Explorer or Network Scouts, and should be achievable by all, no matter their physical or mental ability.

Young Leaders' Scheme

The Young Leaders' Scheme is just one of the exciting programme elements in the Explorer Scout section. All leaders in the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout and Scout Section who are between the ages of 14 and 18 must be members of an Explorer Scout Young Leaders' Unit. They are Explorer Scouts who choose to devote a large proportion of their time in Scouting to service in another section.

The Young Leaders' Scheme helps Explorer Scouts to develop and grow as individuals. It allows them to make a valuable contribution to their community and give service to others. The scheme also helps them fulfil the service elements of their awards.

 

Module A Badge

The Young Leader's Module A Badge is awarded after completion of Module A - Prepare for Take Off of the Young Leaders' Scheme. This must be completed within three months of becoming a Young Leader.

Young Leaders' Essentials Young Leaders' Essentials was developed to help adults, primarily the Explorer Scout Leaders (Young Leader) who will be delivering the scheme, to understand how the training and development aspects of the scheme work.

 

 
Emergency Aid Staged Activity Badge
 
Hikes Away Staged Activity Badge
 
Information Technology Staged Activity Badge
 
Musician Staged Activity Badge
 
Nights Away Staged Activity Badge
 
Swimmer Staged Activity Badge

SUMMER CAMPS I have run as Scout leader or Explorer leader



1991 MARLOW LONGRIDGE 7 Days Water Sports/Canoing/Windsurfing/Saling etc
1992 DEAL KINGSDOWN 7 Days Grass Sledging/Rafting/Pony Treking/Fishing etc
1993 BRISTOL WOODHOUSE PARK 7 Days Caving/Climbing mountain/Pony treking etc
1994 WINDERMERE GREAT TOWER 7 Days Sailing/Canoing/Rock Climbing Shoting etc
1995 TORQUAY EAST HAMBRIDGE 7 Days Rafting/Water APrk/Caving/Climbing etc
1996 GUERNSEY LES MAINGIES 8 Days Archery/Fishing/Caning/Hiking/Cinema etc
1997 I.O.W. CORFE 7 Days Bike Ride/Shooting/Rafting/Golf//Archery/Swimming etc
1998 NORFOLK EATON VALE 7 Days Rafting/go karts/grass sledging/theme Park etc
1999 DORSET BRAGGERS WOOD 7 Days Quad biking/Aerobics/Toboggans/Skiing etc
2000 SCOTLAND FORDELL FIRS 12 Days Land Rover driving/Ice Skating/Go karts etc
2001 IRELAND LOUGH DAN 12 Days Dragon Boating/Swanaboree/Dubin day trip etc
2002 JERSEY WESTWARD HO! 12 Days Wakeboarding/W-Skiing/Coastal traversing etc
2003 SWITZERLAND ADELBODEN 10 Days Mountain Climb/Cable Cars/Skating etc
2004 SOMERSET Huish Woods 10 Days Go Karts/Jet Skiing/Quads/Skiing/Caving etc
2005 CZECH REPUPLIC 10 Days Canoing/Climbing/White Water Rafting/Flying etc
2006 AUSTRIA 9 Days White Water Rafting/Biking/Chair Lifts/Castles/Canoning/
2007 STAFFORDSHIRE Beaudesert Park Crate stacking/Coracles/Rafts/Alton Towers/Archery
2008 FRANCE Rock Climbing/White Water Rafting/Caving/Canoyning/Acrobrnch/Trip to the Med/Water Park 

2009 CROATIA Pula 9 Days Windsurfing/Canoeing//Snorkeling/Scuba Diving/Rafting/Islands/beach

2010 IOW Corfe 8 Days Windsurfing, Canoeing, Coastering/Sailing/Lazor/Tree Climbing theme parks swimming hiking campfires

2011 SWITZERLAND 8 Days took 45 a record for us Canoying, White Water rafting, Climbing Mountains Swimming Sledging, Snow ball fights High Ropes Zip Wires Pendulum swings

2012 WALES 6 days doing white water canoeing, Climbing, Abseiling, Coastering, Swimming, Bike Rides, Vist the beach and Lazor Shooting.

2013 AUSTRIA    9 Days White Water Rafting/Biking/Chair Lifts/Castles/Cannoning

2014 I.O.W          5 days indoor accommodation cooking done for us and Water Sports Sailing, Canoing, Wind Surfing, Swimming, Rafting, Dingey Sailing, Boarding + Lazor Shooting


In BP final letter to the Scouts, Baden-Powell wrote:

...I have had a most happy life and I want each one of you to have a happy life too. I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life. Happiness does not come from being rich, nor merely being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy, so that you can be useful and so you can enjoy life when you are a man. Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one. But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best. 'Be Prepared' in this way, to live happy and to die happy - stick to your Scout Promise always - even after you have ceased to be a boy - and God help you to do it    

 

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

 

 

1.         You must want to be an Explorer Scout at the 34th

 

2.         You must obey the Scout Law & Promise

3.         No Bullying ( No one makes fun of anyone else)

4.         Always turn up smart in full Explorer uniform including Scarf, shirt   Trousers and Belt. Wear Shoes & bring Trainers to change into.

5.         DISCIPLINE

            Stage 1 Verbal             

            Stage 2 Write to parents & Explorer      

            Stage 3 Asked to Leave Explorers

            Each stage will be removed from your record after one year with no problems.

6.         A Scout has respect for others and Leaders.

7.         To do all games & Activities in the true spirit of Scouting

8.         If you keep talking one warning will be issued if not you will miss     the      next activity or game.

9.         If doing games with Scouts care must be taken. No games or           activities are to take place with    Leaders.

10.       To attend Thursday Nights, activities, Camps & Fund raisers             regularly & punctual.

12.       If you are unable to attend a meeting Please contact a leaders ASAP

13.       DUTY PATROL (To do all jobs before going Home) PL to Check

            A          Check & Tidy Kitchen               B To sweep the Scout hut floor

            C          To check and flush both toilets  D To put the Union Flag back up

            E          To put away any gear used during the evening

14.       All Explorers join in and work as a patrol & as a team

15.       All badges awarded must be sewn on uniforms for the next week    

            Failure will be twenty press ups for each week they are not.    

16.       A no smoking policy No Alcohol policy, & No Drugs Policy applies in Explorers, anybody found with or using or having any of these will  be asked to leave Explorers.

17.       No swearing on Summer Camps a 20p fine for charity will be paid.  






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