Scout Groups are made up of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. The young people in those youth sections are part of a specific Scout Group. Explorer Scout Units differ slightly from Scout Groups. Explorer Scout Units are centrally managed at a District level. In our case Barnsley District Scouts.

There are Explorer Units dotted around the Barnsley District. In many cases, they have a link or partnership agreement with a Scout Group in that area. Once an Explorer Scout, a young person aged between 13.5 and 18 years old can opt to move to their local unit, or indeed around any of the Explorer Units within their District.

The majority of young people move from Scouts to Explorers around their 14th birthday. The earliest they can move is 13.5 and the oldest they can be in Scouts is 14.5. Where a young person is coming from a Scout Group, we work with the leaders of that group to aide a smooth transition.

Young People do not need to have been a Scout before becoming an Explorer Scout. In both cases, given the centrally managed provision, we ask the following form be completed by parents/guardians of young people interested in becoming an Explorer Scout.

Explorer Scout application form

  • Please provide the name of the young person who would like to become an Explorer Scout in the Barnsley District
  • Please let us know the young person's date of birth
    Date Format: DD slash MM slash YYYY
  • If they are a member of a Barnsley District Scout group presently. please select it from the drop-down list.
  • Please let us know your name
  • Please provide a telephone number we can contact an adult regarding the young person's place
  • Please provide an email address for an adult associated with the young person
  • Please provide an email address for the young person (Optional)
  • If prompted, please complete the anti-spam CAPTCHA
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