Explorer Scouts are the fourth section in the Scouting Family, after Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts, for Young People aged between 14 and 18.
We were formed in 1990 (then a Venture Scout Unit) ‘up the hut’ behind Christ Church on Shooter’s Hill, named after the unique, three-cornered folly that hides in Oxleas woods a short walk from the hut – Severndroog Castle.
In 2001 we became Severndroog Explorers and are still flourishing today. We take part in hiking expeditions in locations around Europe, particularly in the Alps and spend our Easters camping at Llyndy Isaf in Snowdonia. We canoe rivers such as the Wye, Severn and Thames, often on May Bank holidays and Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and have also been known to undertake cycle tours to Denmark, Belgium, Holland and France.
In 2007 we celebrated 100 years of Scouting on the Tour de Mont Blanc, culminating in some of the older Explorers and leaders summiting Mont Blanc itself.
We are proud to have helped six (and counting) Scouts to achieve their Queen’s Scout Award (the highest award in UK Scouting) over the years: Well done to Louis Pinto, Jon Coe, Dylan Capon, Anna Bonavia, Edmund Bing, Jack Higgins and Jack Crowe. Will you be next?
At Severndroog ESU we have a flexible and varied programme to challenge you and get you outside! We work towards lots of activity and skills badges (from canoeing to first aid, target sports to navigation) as well as go on lots of trips to rock climbing centres, adventure movie screenings and much more!
We support you in completing your Queen’s Scout and Duke of Edinburgh awards, your Explorer Belt and in becoming a Young Leader, helping to run a younger section of Scouts.
We meet at the hut behind Christ Church on Shooter’s Hill every Wednesday evening, 20:00-21:30 (unless we are off on an adventure!)