Endeavour Explorer Scouts Unit (ESU) is based in Chippenham (Wiltshire). We are part of the Wiltshire North scout district and welcome (land) explorer scouts as well as air and sea explorer scouts – Air and Sea Explorers add an aeronautical or nautical bias to what they do – but everything we do is open to everyone, regardless of which uniform you choose to wear. We encourage everyone to pursue the Duke of Edinburgh awards and, most importantly, we all want to have fun!
There are typically between 20 and 30 explorers in the unit. Our explorers come from Chippenham and the surrounding villages as well as from Calne, Lyneham, Lacock or Melksham.
The unit strives to provide a range of activities throughout the year and we are very keen to contribute to the communities we live in. Hence, you will often see Endeavour explorers out and about or at important community events such as Christmas events or remembrance services. Some activities are specific to groups of explorers but we encourage everyone to join them if they want / can. For example, our land explorers regularly go out on geocaching challenges while our air explorers go gliding, flying or build UAV and rockets (the latter to enter in the UKRoC competition).
We usually meet on Friday evenings at 19h30 but this can change depending on our activities.
Do you want to join us? Follow this link to find all the information you need to join us.
Do you want to contact us or ask questions? We'd love to hear from you. The easiest way to contact us is to send an email to infos - AT - endeavouresu.uk. One of the leaders will either reply to you or redirect your email to someone who can reply as soon as possible.
Here’s a quick timeline of the history of Endeavour ESU:
- September 2013 – Endeavour ESU is formed. It’s namesake is the space shuttle ‘Endeavour‘ of the former US space shuttle programme. Initialty the unit is only comprised of around 10 members split into 2 patrols.
- January 2014 – Endeavour ESU’s first visit to the UK renown scout event ‘Wintercamp’, held in Gilwell Park, London.
- Summer 2014 – Members of Endeavour ESU took part in 10th Chippenham’s Mons – Le Cateau WW1 centenary commemoration. The trip consisted of around 3-4 days worth of trekking across the French and Belgium countrysides, re-tracing the steps taken by the retreat of the Wiltshire regiment in 1914 after the Battle of Mons. A few of our explorers also represented us in local radio and television broadcasts in relation to the centenary events.
- January 2015 – Endeavour ESU returns to Gilwell Park’s ‘Wintercamp’. during our time there the leaders managed to create a 200 comment scouting controversy on Facebook by pointing out a lack of clarity in scouting conduct rules.
- September 2015 – Endevaour ESU becomes an affiliated unit with the Royal British Legion.