Cheltenham Explorers are aged 14–18, Explorers is the fourth section of Scouting. Explorer Scouts have a programme that they create themselves with the help of leaders, enjoying the activities that they love the most!
There are over 120 Explorers in Cheltenham plus a team of over 20 Explorer Scout Leaders. Cheltenham has Units meeting on every night of the week (Monday–Friday) as well as our specialist units, the Wyell Young Leader Unit and the Octopus Scuba Diving Unit, which meet less frequently. All Units have an exciting programme which includes fun & challenging activities, camps and the gaining of valuable awards, such as the highly recognised Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which will help them in later life.
Rob Butcher (District Explorer Scout Commissioner) <[email protected] (click to reveal address)> is the main contact for information about Explorers in Cheltenham.
Information for new and prospective Explorer Scouts
- Welcome Pack January 16 (also as a PDF)
- What Next DofE & Chief Scouts Awards January 16 (also as a PDF)
Information for current Explorer Scouts
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Explorer Scout Units
Adder’s Tongue — Hatherley — Friday
Black Sheep — Prestbury — Tuesday
Bob’s Dinosaurs — Pittville — Wednesday
Devil’s Chimney — Leckhampton — Friday
No Name — Charlton Kings — Monday
Specialist Explorer Scout Units
Wyell Young Leaders’ Unit — Prestbury — 2nd Thursday of the month
Wyell YLU meets at the 1st Prestbury Scout HQ on the 2nd Thursday of the month. All Young Leaders in Cheltenham belong to this unit as well as those completing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Volunteering section within Scouting. Each month they complete a training module towards their Young Leader Belt Buckle. Most Young Leaders are also Explorers in another unit.
DofE Support Unit — Prestbury — 4th Thursday of the month *New Unit set up to help young people with their DofE!
The DofE Support Unit meets at the 1st Prestbury Scout HQ on the 4th Thursday of the month. All young people working on or thinking of doing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Cheltenham as well as members of Cheltenham Network and parents are welcome at meetings. The Cheltenham DofE Team target meetings at specific things but are on hand to give support and guidance for your DofE Award.
Octopus (Scuba Diving) — Various locations — Meets as required
This is a specialist unit that does a great deal of scuba diving. First comes a Try Dive but this is followed by the chance to gain PADI scuba qualifications including wreck rescue and diving with seals.
Shooting ESU — Pittville
We are in the process of creating a new Explorer Unit specially for rifle shooting. This will be an exciting opportunity for Cheltenham Explorers and is being organised by Neil Hatton <[email protected] (click to reveal address)>.
Where do Explorers meet?
See the map below to find the closest Explorer Scout Unit to you!
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