DUE to the increased interest in Explorer Scouts (boys and girls aged 14 to 17), the Otley Bridge Explorers has launched.

The opening of the unit has meant more young people can access fun, adventure and develop skills for life. Since opening, some of the activities the Explorers have been involved with include rock climbing, mountain biking, electronics evenings and even night photography.

Activities planned for 2024 include Banff Film Festival UK Tour, survival skills and scuba driving.

One member Jacob said: “Since I’ve been an Explorer I have done all sorts from cooking a Christmas dinner to bouldering, and this has helped me develop life skills I can use outside of Scouting.”

Gavin, Lead Volunteer said: “Explorers provides both young people and adult volunteers opportunities to take part in activities that might not normally be available to them. It broadens their horizons and helps them to develop self-confidence. As a volunteer, I’ve loved seeing our Explorers master a new skill, or overcome a fear.”

In a recent poll 94 per cent of Scouts said they had developed useful skills. Scouts offers over 200 activities from abseiling and coding to drama and water-zorbing.

Gavin added: "Our doors are open – we’d love to welcome more people to join us."

For further information about Otley Bridge Explorers or to try it for yourself, contact Gavin on otleyexp@wharfedalescouts.org.uk

Otley Bridge Explorers meet on a Monday from 7.15pm to 9pm at United Reformed Church, Cattlemarket Street, Otley, LS21 1RW.