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We are the  fourth section of the Scouting movement 

We are the  'Hydra Explorer Sea Scout Unit'

This is our Logo ....................................


Introduction to Explorers

With the support, direction and guidance of Unit leaders, Explorer Scouts are encouraged to lead themselves, design their own programme and 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 Explorer Scout Young Leaders’ Scheme which develops their leadership skills and sense of responsibility, by helping to run meetings for younger sections.

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 13˝ but cannot move to Scout Network until 18. Young people must have left the Explorer Scout section before the date of their 18th birthday

Structure and meetings

A group of Explorer Scouts is called a Unit and is part of the District’s provision of Scouting. An Explorer Scout Unit and a Scout Group may work together under a partnership agreement  which should set out clearly the links between the Unit and the Group, arrangements for communication, use of equipment, facilities and resources.

The key to running a successful Explorer Unit is flexibility. Due to the other commitments that crop up in a teenager’s life, such as exams,college , work and other important home life factors , it is important that the programme reflects this. For example, Units may not meet  every week, or carry out the majority of activities at weekends.


Explorer Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme including traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling, climbing, canoeing to zorbing.

The Explorer programme should be supplemented and complemented by events and activities delivered across the District, allowing them the opportunity to socialise and work with other local Explorer Units.

In addition, there are a number of activity badges and ambitious top awards that Explorer Scouts can gain to recognise their achievements.

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 our Group welcomes young people between the ages of  14 to 18 .

The Hydra Unit  normally meet on a Friday evening  from 8 pm  to 10 pm but this can change depending on

the programme that we are running .

The Hydra  Explorers Unit are mainly a Water based Unit , hence the name , but there is a lot of other activities that involve expeditions across  land based activities, we undertake many adventures, expeditions and the Duke of Edinburgh award is always forefront in our programme plans 

They also can earn badges and information can be found ................Badges 

The Hydra Explorer Unit have their own Facebook site ............................................Hydra Facebook 

If you have any questions, or would like to join us please contact us......................... Here

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