About us

Ayers Explorer Scouts is a Carlisle based group, which was formed in 1992 by Eddie Ward, who has grown it into the exhilarating, legendary group it is today, starting life with just a few explorers to having the forty members it has today.

What we do

We keep our program exciting and fresh, this is achieved by doing our research and picking the best events in the local, national and worldwide area, whether it’s snowboarding in Austria or visiting New York, we seem to get ourselves around. But mostly, we keep our schedule interesting by allowing members of our exec (which is made up of our Explorers) do the program themselves, and so long as it’s viable, we will facilitate it best we can. Even the most extravagant ideas get considered.


Our group strive on activities and although we have problems with money we try to have as many activities as we can. As a minimum we have at least one activity a month. Like our meetings we try to have a bit of variety. Hiking is great but if you are doing it all the time it becomes a bit of a pain. Over the last years our activities have included White Water Rafting, Canoeing, Hill Walking, Abseiling, Climbing, Ice Skating, Snow Boarding, Bowling, Scuba Diving, Ghyll Scrambling & Dragnet.

Certainly, we all have great memories of the activities we have taken part in. But it’s also the people you are with, the friendships and the banter that develops that makes an activity and what we are doing is only of secondary importance when compared to that. This is what Explorer Scouting is all about, and it’s the friendships and bonds which are forged that will last a lifetime.


We understand that there are exam pressures or work commitments, which is why we don’t expect you to attend every event. Though it is sometimes helpful to forget about life’s pressures, come and let your hair down and join us for an activity for an hour or so, which will hopefully help you to relax and re-energise your mind.


The nature of Explorer Scouting is that you are preparing the members for their transition into adulthood. So at one side we are bringing in new and younger members and the other end we are sending out into the world young men and women. Explorer Scouting is the last formal section in the chain from Beavers, so ultimately most Explorer Scouts will be leaving Scouting. It’s hard for an Explorer Scout Leader, as close friendships can develop, but like it is for all parents eventually they must leave the nest. I think it is important that we don’t see Explorer Scouts as a training ground for Leadership. Explorer Scouting is a type of finishing school where we get to do some of the real personal development of young people. Going to college and preparing themselves for their future place in society is just as important and Explorer Scouts should be left to choose but certainly encouraged to look after their education first, then when that is taken care of, and there is still an interest in Scouting then they might consider leadership. Which in our experience many do, we never have a shortage of support, unlike many Scout groups.

Leaders in our group take this transition through Explorer Scouting very seriously and we try to encourage our lot to build their C.V. when they are with us. How to manage a group. How to work in team’s etc. These are the things employers are looking for and we try to get this across to our gang. The Queens Scout award is a C.V. builder that we encourage each of our Explorer Scouts to achieve.