The Raleigh Explorer Scout unit is made up of Explorer Scouts aged between 14 - 18. The Troop holds a weekly meeting at the Scout Hut in Station Road, Hampton, every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.00pm (no breaks for school holidays). In summer, the meeting may be at the Boat House. Exceptions to this schedule are one week at Easter and Christmas/New Year, and two weeks in August, one of which will be the week of Scout Camp.

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Activities in the Hut, mainly in the winter months, are principally targeted at the obtaining of Explorer Scout badges and also include: Instruction in boating-related skills e.g. life saving, first aid, use of buoys and flags, knots, right of way at sea, reading maritime charts, plus in formal drills, ceremony of flags, indoor and outdoor games and sports depending on weather. Out of the Hut, and mainly between May and September, other activities include:
  • Air-rifle target shooting
  • Navigation skills training
  • Cooking competitions
  • International evenings
  • Weekly boating on the River Thames
  • Boating activities: Training is given by qualified instructors, with practice in kayaking, canoeing, rowing, sailing, use of the river. Full safety equipment is supplied.

    Raleigh Explorers are encouraged to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, and Queen's Scout Award with us. At Raleigh Explorers, we offer the opportunity to complete the Expedition sections via Paddlesports, or Pulling/Rowing on the river

    All our Explorer Scouts will get the opportunity to learn leadership skills via the Young Leader Scheme.

    There is an annual one-week residential Camp at the end of August, either with land-based activities or, alternate years, water-based activities. This camp provides in depth training for Scouting skills such as campcraft, survival, cooking, teamwork, and many others.
    Other camps include:
  • Water activity weekend at Thames Young Mariners
  • DofE expedition training weekends
  • London Transport expeditions
  • February Freezer Camp
  • Scarefest camp
  • Survival camp

    Some of the badges that Explorer Scouts can be awarded are: Nautical Skills, Paddlesports, Power Boating, and Survival.  For a full list and more information on badges see the Scouts Website.

    The Raleigh Explorer Scout unit is open to young people aged from 14 to 18 years. Our Explorer Scout leader is Edward Davies, who has many years of scouting and boating experience behind him at 1st Hampton Hill.

    Contact our Explorer Scout Section via the Group Scout Leader, Tony Davies on 07949 669712 or view our contact section.   Other Explorer Scout groups, (e.g. land-based groups rather than sea scouts), are welcome to apply to operate joint events or join in days with us at 1st Hampton Hill to give their members experience in boating activities that they might not normally have access to.

    TITLE: Raleigh Explorer Scout Leader
    NAME: Edward Davies

    TITLE: Explorer Scout Assistant Leader
    NAME: Jeff Smith