Central Norfolk Explorers

Who are we?

Explorers are for all those aged 14-18 who are looking to gain life skills, be active and to make strong bonds with other explorers. Explorers is a self-led group where the explorers say what they want to do and achieve. The leadership team facilitate this and help them achieve it.

Where are we?

We have 3 units across the district which are:

  • Stags are based at Beetley and meet on Tuesdays.
  • Panthers are based at Marham and meet on Mondays.
  • Wolf are based at Fakenham and meet on Wednesdays.

They all form Central Norfolk Explorers with all events happening together.

What do we do?

As Explorers there are very few things that we can’t do but our main aim is to provide a relaxing but challenging environment as an alternative to GCSEs and A levels. This can be some of the most stressful times of their lives. In the last few years, we have done Axe throwing, rifle shooting, climbing, night canoeing, London monopoly run, white water rafting, found our self 300ft underground, 11371 ft above sea level and created the most multifaceted card game known to man, to name a few.

Two of our main annual activities are the BPA Hike, which is a 12-hour endurance and initiative hike, and Gilwell 24, which is a camp that has explorers doing activities 24 hours straight.

Camping is a main part of what we do and we’ve managed to take the explorers to some amazing places in Wales, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Iceland. You will also get the chance to be selected for the Europe and world jamborees.

Top Awards

Explorers, will get the opportunity to achieve their DofE awards and their scouting equivalent, the Chief Scout Diamond,  Platinum and the Queen Scout Awards. Not only are these a great personal achievement but they are also recognised by universities and employers.

Young leadership scheme

The Scheme is available to all Explorer Scouts. They volunteer alongside adult leaders in a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack or Scout Troop. Training is offered which focuses on the key aspects that they need to work with young people, and which will also provide them with valuable skills for life. They will look at topics, such as how to confidently run games and activities, different types of leadership, how to create a positive and inclusive environment, first aid and communication. Young people often chose to volunteer as part of their DofE or QGA, which is great.

How do I get involved?

If you would like to become an explorer, join our leadership team or could offer facilities or resources please contact our District Explorer Scout Commissioner (DESC) Dan Cook (a.k.a Cookie) cookie_2806@hotmail.com

Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls