Explorer Units are the fourth Section of the Scouting family after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Explorer Scouts are young people aged between 14 and 18 years old. There is flexibility in the age range: young people can join from age 13½ but cannot move to Network until 18. Young people must have left the Explorer Scout section before the date of their 18th birthday.
With the support, direction and guidance of Unit leaders, Explorer Scouts are encouraged to:
design their own programme
work towards the top awards that Scouting offers.
With exciting prospects like being a part of camps and expeditions both home and abroad; adventurous activities such as mountaineering, parascending and off shore sailing; Explorers offers fun and adventure for all. Explorers also have the opportunity to be a part of The Young Leaders’ Scheme which develops their leadership skills and sense of responsibility, by helping to run meetings for younger sections.
Our newly-launched Explorer Scout Unit meets at Manselton Community Centre at 7:00pm until 9:00pm on Tuesdays.
After much discussion, the Unit has decided to call themselves “Apollo 7” – after the October 1968 mission which completed 163 successful orbits of the Earth.
This reflects some of the early Explorers’ interest in space travel, the fact that those early Apollo Astronauts were themselves Explorers, and of course – the number 7, since it is part of the 7th Swansea Scout Group.
More information about Apollo 7 can be found here.