Explorers differ from the younger age groups as they are organised at a pan-district level. This means that the individual units interact with each other in their programme of activities and when off camping.
Explorers being that little bit older than scouts are expected to be more involved in the planning of a programme and even running some of their own ‘you, yes you’ activities. In return for this greater involvement the young people get to tailor their programme to what they want to do.
The Central Explorer Unit began as part of a national trial for the Explorer section in 2001 and has been highly active ever since. Formerly based in the center of Tonbrige, the unit is now meets in the Hadlow scout hut off School Lane on Wednesdays.
Groups that tend to feed into the Central Explorer Unit are the 6th and 17th Tonbridge groups.
The district is proud to include three specialist units. These perform special functions in addition to the normal explorer programme and aid young people by providing specialist opportunities in the fields of music and seamanship.
Band Explorer Unit
The Band Explorer Unit is part of the 17th Tonbridge Scout and Guide Band and meet after band practice at Hayesbrook School off of Brook Street in Tonbridge. Their programme is tailored to include a larger musical emphasis.
The Sea Explorer Unit is partnered with the 14th Tonbridge Group. The unit meet at the Weir View District HQ on Wednesdays and have the additional option of sailing on Thursdays through the summer months. The Sea Explorer Unit are often found out on the water around the Tonbridge area.
The group that tends to feed the Sea Explorer Unit is the 14th Tonbridge Group.
If you want to become a young leader but not affiliated with any other Explorer Unit there is a virtual unit set up and run by the District to keep young leaders informed of district and national events while allowing them to enjoy their young leadering.