Cox Green Explorers/The Vikings regularly meet up on a Monday between 7:30 and 9:00pm for an exciting and varied programme. Activities organised include canoeing, climbing, camping, walking and many other events.
Explorer Scouts are male or female, between the age of 14 and 18 years, although if you are already a Scout you can join between 13½ and 14½ years, with agreement from your Scout Leader.
To join the Explorers you do not need to have been a Beaver, Cub or Scout previously or have been in the other sections of the 21st Cox Green Scout Group.
Several explorers are completing activities as part of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and eventually the Queen’s Scout award.
In Explorers they are required to make a promise to their unit. Making the Promise is the most important act in Scouting and is common to every unit. Scouting has a special ceremony for making the Promise called Investiture or being invested. When a young person makes their Promise they receive their Group Scarf, The Membership Award and are welcomed as a new Member into the Scout family. The promise is exactly the same as the scout promise. It is as follows:
On my honour, I promise that I will do my best,
To do my duty to God and to the Queen,
To help other people,
And to keep the Scout Law.
The Scout Law:
1. A Scout is to be trusted.
2. A Scout is loyal.
3. A Scout is friendly and considerate.
4. A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
5. A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
6. A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
7. A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.
The Scout motto:
Explorer Scouts wear a beige shirt or blouse with a Unit scarf or a Group one if there is a partnership agreement ( At 21st Maidenhead there is a partnership agreement so we wear the red scarf with white stripes. We also wear our unit badge on the back of our scarf), and navy blue activity trousers or skirt with a Scout belt. They can wear an Explorer Belt and buckle or Young Leader Buckle if either of these has been awarded. Here is a diagram to show where the badges should be placed: