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Explorers/Young Leaders

Explorer Scouts is the group for young people aged between 14 and 18 years old looking for a new challenge. Our Panther Explorer Scout unit meets on Friday nights at Long Crendon HQ and draws teenagers from surrounding villages including Brill and Haddenham. Activities range from camping, hiking, music and games nights and is run by the Explorer Scout Leader, Tom Johnson.

Being part of the Chiltern Vale District, Panther’s get the chance to work with other Explorer Scouts in the District (which stretches from Lane End in the south via Princes Risborough, Haddenham and Long Crendon to Oakley in the north) so they can take part in an even wider spectrum of activities.

There is also a range of ambitious badges and awards, through which Explorers can demonstrate their proficiencies and expand their interests.

In addition our explorer scouts can join our local scout group as young leaders, helping with beavers, cubs or scouts on a regular basis. They follow the Explorer scout Young Leaders scheme (ESYLs) which contains modules and missions to work through while volunteering in their chosen sections. As well as developing valuable life skills, the scheme gives them the opportunity to make a positive impact in their communities and fulfil some of the top awards in scouting.

Young persons outside of scouting can also volunteer and take part in the ESYLs e.g. as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. They do this by volunteering as a non-member for a set period of time.

Young leaders are a valuable asset to the leadership team in bringing a young, fresh new aspect to the activity programmes and positive role model for younger members.

For more information you can contact the Explorer Scout Leader, Tom Johnson at, or contact us and we will make the contact for you.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls