Explorers are encouraged to lead themselves in deciding the programme and direction of the Unit, with support and guidance from Leaders.

With over 100 Explorer Scouts in the District, there is a variety of activities on offer for 14 to 18 year olds. Explorer Leaders hold various adventurous activity permits ranging from air rifle shooting to archery to hill walking. As well as attending nationally organised events such as Gilwell 24 (a 24hr multi activity event) and winter camp (a similar event held during the winter months), the Explorers also come together to take part in other activities such as mountain climbing, kayaking and paintballing plus many more activities as they are requested by the young people.

Every young person that joins Explorers is also invited to join the Duke of Edinburgh scheme in order to complete Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels going into the Scout Network age. With around 100 young people in Romford working towards their DofE at one level or another, drop in sessions are held every month to assist them and Bronze, Silver and a Gold expeditions take place throughout the year.

Every two years, Explorer Scouts have the opportunity to take part in an international camp. Every other one of these is a trip to Kandersteg International Scout Camp, where a permanent jamboree based in Switzerland takes place. The alternative years can vary, an example of this would be Rockley Adventure, a water based activity site on the west coast of France, south west of Bordeaux.

The Section also includes the Young Leaders’ Scheme, where young people are able to take on a Leadership role in one of the younger sections.

Scouting provides a second family to lots of young people. It’s a safe place where they can aspire and grow.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls