Explorer Scouts are young people, aged between 14 and 18 years old and they make up the fourth Section of the Scouting family.
Not all Explorer Scout Units meet each week, because they will often be out and about at weekends or in the holidays doing activities. There will be times when members will be busy doing other things such as exams (and working!) so being an Explorer Scout will have to fit around these.
Cattawade Unit meets on the 2nd Friday of each month at the Brantham Scout & Guide Group Hut in Factory Lane, Cattawade from 1930 to 2130hrs and our meetings on the 4th Friday of each month are usually outdoor activity meetings.
We occasionally meet at other times for some events or activities. Unit members also have the opportunity to join with other Units for District and County events. They can also take part in international events and some members have been to Switzerland, Sweden and this year to Finland.
The Unit also offers Young Leader Training and many Explorer Scouts will return to their former Scouting and Guiding sections as volunteers for their Award work.
The Unit is registered through Suffolk Scouts to offer Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. We operate this Award alongside the Chief Scout's Award programme at Platinum and Diamond level before Explorer Scouts progress to the Queen's Scout Award.
Over the last ten years members have taken part in Unit expeditions in Thetford Forest, Peak District, Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Lake District, The New Forest and Dartmoor National Park for their Bronze, Silver and Gold levels of the Award.
Thanks are due to the adults (all volunteers - too many to name) who have supported the young people in achieving these Awards. Seven members have also gained the Queen's Scout Award, the highest Award a young person can achieve.
If you are a holder of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and would like to help more young people achieve theirs too, or wish to know more, please contact Roger for an informal chat.
Cattawade Explorer Scout Unit - Roger S Dann - 55 Birch Drive, Brantham, Suffolk, C011 1TG
Unit Leader, Duke of Edinburgh's Award Leader and Accredited Expedition Assessor
Tele: +44 (0) 1206 395285 - Mobile: +44 (0) 7778 463172 - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wolsey District Scout Council
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