Mitchell Harrier

Kingfisher Explorers:

Although a District Explorer Unit the Kingfisher Explorers meet at the Clayton Baptist Church headquarters and tend to be a natural progression for many of the Scouts when they reach the age of 14.
The Unit meets on Thursday evenings from 20.00 to 21.30.
Continuing to use the Scout award scheme along the Duke of Edinburgh's award, the section allows individuals to develop as they enter adulthood.Activities that would appeal to most teenagers are mixed with the more adventurous type and expeditions. The age range for Explorers is 14 to 18 and recognising the constraints that are put on individual's time at this time in their life attendance at meetings is on a more flexible basis.

'To anyone who hasnít tried Scouting before, Iíd say come on up and have a go! I think that most people donít really know that Scouting is about activities, friendship and meeting people from other countries. Iíve been in the Movement since I was a Beaver and I still love it!' Explorers are the fourth section of the Scouting movement. Right from the time of Baden-Powell, there have been arrangements for young people who wanted to continue after their time in the Scout Section.
Explorer Scouts make up the fourth section of the Scouting family after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

Structure and meetings:
A group of Explorer Scouts is called a Unit.
Not all Units meet every week, partly due to activities, holidays, exams and the other commitments that crop up in a teenager's life, and also because Explorers tend to get out and about at weekends more often than other sections.

Explorer Scouts often get the chance to work with other Explorer Scouts in their District, not just their own Unit, so 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.

The Scout Promise:
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

The Scout Law:
A Scout is to be trusted.
A Scout is loyal.
A Scout is friendly and considerate.
A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.

The Scout Motto:
Be Prepared

Alternative promise
Scouting is available to people of all faiths as well as people who are humanist, atheist or have no affirmed faith and therefore must therefore take account of the different religious obligations or non religious beliefs of its Members.

Explorer Scouts wear a beige shirt or blouse with a Unit scarf (or a Group one if there is a partnership agreement), and navy blue activity trousers or skirt with a Scout belt. They can wear an Explorer Belt and buckle if this has been awarded.

Explorer Scout 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.