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HitchHikers Explorers

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HitchHikers Explorers 14 – 18 yrs (Friday 19.30–21:30)

Although not part of the 1st Whittlesford and Duxford Scout Group, the HitchHikers Explorer Unit operate out of the Whittlesford & Duxford Scouting HQ.

Explorers are the fourth section of the Scouting movement. Right from the time of Baden-Powell, there have been arrangements for young people who wanted to continue after their time in the Scout Section, and in 1967, Venture Scouts were formed from the existing Senior Scout and Rover Scout Sections.

During the late 1990s we decided that, to meet the changing needs of young people, there should be two sections for the over-14s: Explorer Scouts for 14 to 18-year-olds, and the Scout Network for 18 to 25s.

Let’s face it, by the age of 14, most young people know what they want. Explorer Scouts therefore have a big say in what they do, while being supported by adult volunteers. Unit members:

  • Get to try activities such as powerboating, sailing, snow and motor sports

  • Deliver campsite services – running activities or helping with site maintenance

  • Fudraising and help in the community

  • Go on camping expeditions in the UK and overseas

  • Go for the Queen’s Scout Award, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards and the Explorers Belt (a 10 day overseas challenge – all recognised by both universities and employers

  • Train as Young Leaders – working with an experienced adult, they learn how to run meetings and activities for young people age 6 – 14.

To anyone who hasn’t tried Scouting before, I’d say come on up and have a go! I think that most people don’t really know that Scouting is about activities, friendship and meeting people from other countries. I’ve been in the Movement since I was a Beaver and I still love it!”