Explorers (Patriot ESU)

Patriot ESU was started in 2009 to provide our Scouts with four more exciting years with our partner group 4th Thorpe Bay, joint activities, camps and expeditions provided a good solid foundation.

The leaders actively encourage Explorers to become Young Leaders to help support a growing group. In 2010 we achieved our first leader but by the end of 2014 this number had increased to 8 With good links to other local scout troops we started to supply new young leaders into their group setup too.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme (DofE) was introduced into our programme and it soon became clear that offering this type of opportunity engaged the Explorers in the community as well as given the additional life skills. Our unit has supervisors and assessors in all three levels as well as specialised expedition equipment. The most pleasing part of being a leader is young people achieving awards for their effects, 3 Queen Scouts, 4 Gold DofE, and over 100 Chief Scout Silver and Bronze DofE awards as well as winning the Paul Clarke trophy 9 times in 10 years before it was dropped.

Over the past 10 years we have had 9 Explorers selected to represent Essex in three different World Scout Jamboree, European and the Australian International Jamborees.

Our leadership team is focused on offering a good balanced programme which is youth shaped and continues to develop as the unit grows.

County and National Scouting events are offered and encouraged.

You can add your child to our waiting list by completing the form at the link below. Please also make contact with the Explorer section leader via our contact form.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls