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Running an Explorer Unit

Week by week, thousands of ordinary people show up at Explorer meetings to empower young people to learn new skills, make new friends and learn to stand on their own two feet. No two weeks are the same, but the impact you make is always great.

Running your Unit

Getting to grips with the basics? We’ve put together everything you need to keep your section running smoothly.

Read our guidance on running your unit >

Programme planning for Explorers

Our new tool is a one-stop programme planning shop: use it to get organised and get going.

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Welcoming Explorers and moving on

Whether you’re welcoming the shyest of new Scouts, or need help preparing the eldest for leadership roles or Network, we’ve got you covered.

Check out our advice >

Recruiting Volunteers for Explorers

We have tools, tips, and templates to help you with the recruitment of volunteers for your Explorer Unit.

Read our top tips >

Explorer Scout Young Leaders' Scheme

Explorer Scout Young Leaders are Explorer Scouts who volunteer alongside adult leaders in a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack or Scout Troop. 

Find out more about the scheme

Programme Updates

Ask the Adviser - A Q&A with the UK Explorer Section Adviser

As part of a special programme day for programme support roles, our UK Explorer Section Adviser provided advice on running amazing programmes and where to find ideas for socially distanced activities. Watch the recording to catch up. You can also download the slides to access all of the useful links. 

Where to find programme resources

There are a lot of resources now available to support leaders deliver amazing programmes, but it can be hard to work out what’s new and where to find it. To make it easier, here’s a list of places to find information and things you could try.  

Socially distanced and online Explorer activities

Some ideas to get you started (if you feel ready). Choose from a mix of digital and socially distanced ideas for meetings, activities, and adventures.

Press-play-and-go

Delivering the programme over Zoom can be hard work, so we’ve put together videos to help.

Activities and badges to do at home

A three week plan you can follow along with your Unit to help them earn their Digital Maker Staged Activity Badge. We’ve planned two online sessions and some activities you can send out to the group for them to complete in their own time.

Our Strategy - Skills for Life

Help support our goal to deliver more young people the skills they need in life

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