Our programme is as varied as the Explorers wish to make it. One big change from Scouts is that the Explorers chose the activities they would like to see on the programme. The leaders take these ideas and balance them across 6 main sections: learning new skills; practising existing skills; social events; explorer led (they have the idea and organise the evening); wide games and competitions with other Explorer Units. Each of these appear about 6 times throughout the year. Most evenings are organised and run by the leaders.
We try to have one camp per half term, these may be externally organised, towards badges or just for us, for fun. Mostly these are outdoor/camping but some use indoor accommodation. We also aim to offer Stannington Explorers an overseas camp every 2 years.
Many of our Explorers are working towards Scouting badges and DofE Awards, these are all voluntary and supported by the leaders where necessary. Anything we do which contributes towards a badge is recorded and once the requirements are complete the badge awarded.