Waggonway Explorers

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It’s great to announce good news! The East Lothian Scout District is extremely proud to be growing our Explorer Unit to keep up with demand in the 13.5-18 age group. Explorers offers young people opportunities to socialise with peers, develop, grow and practice skills that will give them an edge in adult life. Thanks to lots of work behind the scenes we can announce we are able to expand our unit based in Tranent. Come and join us – we are looking for young people and adult volunteers.

Waggonway Explorers: Friday (7-9pm) at the Tranent Parish Church Hall

Try more. See more. Do more. At Explorers, you’ll stand on your own two feet, and make memories to last a lifetime.

Week in and week out, we gather in groups called Units to try new things, make new friends and conquer the small task of changing the world.


We are looking for young leaders to join us but also, importantly, new Leaders and Assistants.

Know anyone?!

Being an Explorer 

When you join Explorers, you’ll be introduced to lots of new activities, people and things. Click here for more.

Explorer Scouts are go-getting boys and girls aged 13.5-18 years and welcome everyone, including those completely new to scouting. Our Explorer Scout Unit normally meets term time on a Friday evening 7.00pm-9pm and covers a much wider geographical area than the younger sections. With the demands on a teenager’s time, such as exams, we create a flexible programme that works for our members.

With support, direction and guidance from the Unit Leaders the Explorers are actively encouraged to develop and run their own programme of events and activities. This can vary from adventurous activities such as mountaineering or parascending through to life skills such as cooking or running a black tie fundraising ball.

The friendships made last a lifetime, as do the amazing memories. The skills and awards gained often prove an asset when progressing to work or Higher Education and beyond. As such, Explorer’s develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment.

If your thinking of joining Explorers but unsure, you can always ask to come along to a taster session and our leadership team will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Explorers has something for every young person. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity and experience the wider world.

And if you are a parent why not read the Parents Guide here.


Can you help lead or support the Explorer Unit as an adult volunteer please?

With such growing numbers, scouting enables more young people and adults than ever to take part in an exciting range of activities, boost their personal skills, gain friends and make a positive difference to the world around them.

If you are interested in helping young and enthusiastic people reach their full potential – while having a lot of fun along the way – volunteering with the Explorer Scouts may be for you. Explorers is led by adult volunteers who are on hand to share their skills and keep everyone safe. Get in touch to find out more.

We’re looking for volunteers to support an exciting blended programme for Explorer Scouts. Members of our Explorer Leadership team will help plan, resource & deliver the Explorer Programme using instructor-led, parent-led and young person-led delivery. We are specifically looking for Explorer Scout Assistant Leaders and Leaders to join our Team. People who are passionate about giving young people a voice. You are enablers: supporting young people to pursue their interests and push their boundaries. You will encourage the young people to lead themselves, with your support and guidance. This will help you gain valuable leadership skills and experience in volunteering.

Enthusiasm, an empathy with young people and a sense of humour are a must. But we can teach you the rest! We’ll support you all the way and ensure you get the training and support you need. Scouting offers fun, friendship and life changing adventure but this is only made possible by our talented teams of volunteers.

There is no doubt that you will already have knowledge and experience that will complement the provided training. Even if you have never worn a Woggle in your life and are a complete Scouting novice. You can still volunteer as an Explorer Leader. No specific skills or qualification are initially required although an enjoyment of working with young people and a sense of fun are essential. If you have some Scouting experience, that would be useful.

This a FANTASTIC opportunity to bring this provision to the young people of the Tranent area meaning more and more young people can benefit.

We also have Explorer Scout Young Leaders if you are interested to find out more. 

  • * Fun and friendship with like minded volunteers who enjoy adventure!
  • * On-going support and mentoring within your new role
  • * We have an award-winning training scheme for our volunteers so you get as much from it as our amazing young people, including practical skills like first aid and transferable skills like communication and leadership
  • * CV boosting and employability skills
  • * Access to excellent equipment and facilities
  • * Generous activities budget
  • * Practical and online resources, help and advice for planning future activities, adventures, trips and programme ideas
  • * An opportunity to make a positive contribution to our local community and provide life changing opportunities to the young people in it.
  • * Insurance – as a member of Scouts, you would be insured while on Scouting events
  • * Join our fab team!

Research has shown that volunteering has a hugely positive impact on the lives of those who volunteer in the charity sector.  Whether you’re a Group Scout Leader, Explorer Assistant Scout Leader, Occasional Helper or an As-Often-As-You-Can-Er!

-Make friends and meet people.
-Try new things and challenge yourself.
-Get outdoors and get stuck in.
-Positively impact your community.
-Create vital opportunities for young people.
-Make memories that’ll last a lifetime.

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East Lothian Scouts is full of ordinary people making an extraordinary difference to young people’s lives and learning a whole lot along the way.

Read their stories and find the perfect volunteer role for yourself. Whether you want to work with young people directly or help behind the scenes, there’s something for everyone at Scouts.

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Adult volunteers, the amazing benefits!

You do not need to have any prior scouting experience to get involved in Scouting and volunteer – everyone is welcome

Getting involved as an adult volunteer is hugely rewarding, and we offer a range of different roles depending on your interests.

The good news is you shape what you do and decide how much time you give. Scouts happens when a lot of us give a little (and no, you don’t have to be a Scout or outdoors expert to volunteer).

Scouts is needed now more than ever. The pandemic has hit our young people hard – with two thirds saying is impacted on their mental health. Having people positive role models to guide the way, and give that extra bit of encouragement is so important in times like these. We help young people step up, speak and find their place in the world. We help them gain skills for life.

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