Explorer Scouts are young people usually aged between 14 and 18. They make up the fourth Section of the Scouting family. In the Movement’s early days, Lord Baden-Powell saw the need to provide a programme for young men who wanted to continue after their time in the Scout Section. Senior Scouts, developed to meet this need, continued to evolve over the years. In 1967, Venture Scouting was formed from the existing Senior Scout and Rover Scout Sections, becoming the first Section to welcome girls into the membership in 1976. During the late 1990s, it was decided that, in order to meet the changing needs of young people over the age of 14, two new Sections should be created. Venture Scouting was discontinued and Explorer Scouts for 14 to 18-year-olds and the Scout Network for 18 to 25-year-olds, introduced.There are many types of Explorer Scout Units: some are linked to the local Scout Group, others may be based around local activity or other centres.

They are encouraged to work with other Explorer Scouts in the District, not just the Unit. This widens the chance to take part in many more activities, not just those their own Unit organises. All Explorer Scouts wear a uniform consisting of beige shirt and blue activity trousers, and have a wide choice of optional items.

Born out of HKD Venture Scouts, who were renowned for their adventures, Darwin ESU is an Explorer Scout unit based in Dorridge, Solihull.  We are part of the Scout Association, and a tiny part of a worldwide movement of over 28million Scouts.

We are an adventure and social group and our members have spent 2010 and 2011 taking part in competition walks, mountain trekking, climbing, via Ferratta, white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, bell boating and wild camping.  We’ve been all over the UK and visited Sweden, the French Alps and Denmark.

We are now a team of nearly seventy 14-18 year old’s who are unlocking their potential, having fun and preparing to face their future with confidence.

We run a progressive programme of Awards including the Duke Edinburgh Award Scheme and other National Governing Body Awards.  Last year we awarded over 40 Duke of Edinburgh Awards and 30 Scout Awards.So, if you want to shape your future through adventure, find out some more and get in touch.

You can contact us on explorers [at] dorridgescouts [dot] org