Introduction to Explorers

Explorer Scouts is open to young adults, usually aged between 14 and 18 years old. They make up the fourth section of the Scouting family after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

Explorer Scouts take part in activities as diverse as sailing, kayaking, abseiling, overseas expeditions, photography, climbing, etc. As an Explorer Scout you can learn survival skills, first aid, computer programming, or even how to fly a plane. There’s something for every young person. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity and experience the wider world.

Explorer Scouts helps young adults reach their full potential developing skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment.

Can can download the Lowestoft Explorer Welcome Pack here

Structure and Meetings

Weekly meeting take place on a Thursday evening during school terms dates. Other specialist activities and camps are organised at weekends and during school holidays.

The weekly meetings usually take place at the following locations each month, start and finish times are generally 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm but these may be varied due to the activity or availability of the scout headquarters so please check emails regularly: –

Week 1 Week 2 & 3 Week 4 (Varies) Waterports Activities
14th Lowestoft Scout Headquarters 1st Oulton Broad Sea Scout Headquarters Herringfleet Scout Campsite Oulton Broad Water Sport Centre
The Den,High Street, Lowestoft,NR32 1JB The Den,Nelson Wharf, Oulton Broad, Suffolk,NR33 9LP Ashby Dell,Suffolk,NR32 5NDOS Sheet: 134 Grid Ref: 483995 Nicholas Everitt Park,Lowestoft,Suffolk,NR33 9JR


Membership Fees

All the Explorer Scout Leadership and Support team volunteer their time free of charge. However, there are other items that need to be funded so that events can be run effectively and safely in accordance with the Scout Associations policy organisation and rules (POR).

The annual fee to be a member of the Lowestoft Explorer Scout Unit is £84* from 1st April 2016.    

  1. Annual membership subscription fees can be paid via 12 monthly payments of £7 by direct debit: –

–       The monthly standing order avoids the risks and problems associated with young people carrying cash. It also provides Leaders and Parents with an accurate banking record of each subscription payment.

–       We also accept cheque payments for part or whole years in advance.

  1. New members linking from the Scout section are not required to pay Explorer Subscriptions until their investiture as member of the Explorer Unit.
  2. New members joining from outside the scout association receive the first month’s membership free of charge.
  3. Members who fail to make subscription payments for three months will not be entitled to attend any meetings or activities. If you leave please let us know…
  4. “GIFT AID” is a government initiative that allows you to increase the value of your donations to Explorers at no extra cost. For every £1 you give, we can claim an extra 25p from HMRC. Please see the attached gift aid form for new members.


Leader Contacts

David Adams, District Explorer Scout Commissioner


Ross Richardson, District Explorer Scout Leader


Kyle Beamish, Assistant Explorer Scout leader


Steve Bell, Air Scout Leader


Sam Adams, Assistant Explorer Scout Leader



Administrator Contact (new members, payments & leaving)

Sue Julings, District Explorer Scout Administrator



Explorer Scout Promise, Law and Motto


On my honour, I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and to the Queen,
To help other people
And to keep the Scout Law


  1. A Scout is to be trusted.
  2. A Scout is loyal.
  3. A Scout is friendly and considerate.
  4. A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
  5. A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
  6. A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
  7. A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.

Scout Motto

Be Prepared


Badges and awards

There is a wide range of badges and awards available to young people in the Explorer Section.

Activity badges

Many of the badges available are activity badges, which represent the pinnacle of achievement in a particular field. Whether their interests lie in Hill Walking or Performing Arts, Aviation or Public Relations, Explorers are rewarded both for developing existing strengths and undertaking new ventures.

Additional badges and awards

In addition, there are a number of extra badges and awards, obtained by taking part in particular challenges or schemes.

Core badges

There are a number of core badges, obtained upon joining or moving on from the Unit, or for time spent in the Scouting movement.