Deeside's Explorer Units

Deeside is a wonderful area for Explorer scouting, with rivers, lakes, forests and mountains all within the District; and the sea is close by.

We have five Explorer units covering the length of Deeside from Maryculter to Braemar. These units generally have an evening meeting every two weeks, plus camps and other activities, including Young Leader training, D of E activities, fundraising and events that do not fit in the regular evening slots. The camps regularly attended by unit members include site and wild camps within the forests and hills of the district, and regional and national Explorer and Guide camps such as Woolly Jumper (near Aberdeen) Snow Camp (near Braemar) and Cally Rally (near Inverness). We usually have two patrols representing Deeside at the international Blair Atholl camp every two years, members attending World Jamborees, and unit or district contingents joining other overseas camps. Although all units are land based, many explorers from Deeside have also taken part in voyages for explorers, organised by Deeside, and run by Ocean Youth Trust Scotland aboard the 72 ft sail training vessel ‘Alba Explorer’ on the west coast. There are great opportunities for meeting and getting to know other explorers and cultures.

Brief History
Explorer scouting in Deeside has had its ups and downs, but is currently on an up! Restarted in November 2009 after previous closure due to a lack of Leaders, the Banchory based Deeside Moosehunters Explorer Unit was re-formed, which also drew members from the Torphins and Aboyne areas. A second Explorer unit, the Morrone ESU based in Braemar was formed in February 2011, followed in early 2012 by the Auchlunies Explorer Unit, based at Maryculter. Pressure on the Banchory-based unit, which had close to 40 members, was then relieved by the formation of the Gordon Grousebeaters Unit based in Aboyne in August 2015 and the Torphins Haggis Herders formed in August 2016. All units are very active, and growing.