We meet on a Tuesday evening from 19.30hrs to 21.30hrs at The Scout Headquarters, The Croft, Bures CO8 5JD


We offer a wide and varied range of activities that provide a balanced programme, allowing each member to work towards Challenge and Activity Badges and Duke of Edinburgh Awards. These badges are part of the National Explorer Programme aimed at encouraging development and providing new challenges.

Activities are both indoor and outdoors, they include individual tasks as well as team challenges. They range from camping, hiking, climbing, kayaking, District and County Events.


New Explorers will be invested in four-six weeks once they have their Explorer Uniform (shirt and activity trousers) and have learnt their Promise and Law. Investiture will take place at the end of the meeting – family members are welcome to attend.


This can be bought from Scout Shops at www.scouts.org.uk

Bury St Edmunds District Scout & Guide Shop
3 South Parade Shops, Lake Avenue, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP32 6HX

Opening hours: Wednesday 19.00hrs–20.00hrs
Saturday 09.30hrs–12.30hrs (School term times only)

There is no telephone number for this business.

Colchester Scout & Guide Shop
Mill Race Garden Centre, Colchester, Essex CO6 3QT

Tel: 07501 891259

Opening hours: Saturday 09.00hrs-12.00hrs

Email: cndss@hotmail.co.uk

  • Explorer Scout Long Sleeve Uniform shirt£25.00
  • Activity blue Trousers £26.00
  • Men’s Scouts Activity Shorts – £20.00
  • Belt and Buckle Set£16.00

We will supply a scarf (District Explorer Scarf), woggle and badges at investiture.

Badges and Awards

View the Explorers badge position diagram here.


Subscriptions are payable to 1st Bures Explorers. They are currently £45.00 per term per Explorer (January 2024). Subscription money pays for membership fee to Gilwell Park (Association Headquarters), badges, scarves, stationery, postage, Leaders travelling expenses, mini bus mileage and maintenance of SHQ building/grounds, general repairs and cleaning @ £10.00 per head per term.

It does NOT include: District, County or DofE events

Access to the Scout Headquarters

Access to Scout Headquarters to the Explorer meetings by car is from the Sudbury Road entrance (B1508) just passed the cottages (Croft End). You must only access this entrance and EXIT via The Croft ensuring a One-Way System is operational. This helps minimize traffic congestion. The speed limit along The Croft is 10mph. At no time should you EXIT via the Sudbury Road, as it is on a dangerous corner.

Would you like to Join?

If you would like to join the Explorer Unit – please complete on the online Form (Join Scouts today). And our Group Scout Leader will be in contact with you.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls