Who are we?

Abingdon ESU is one of the biggest and best Explorer Scout Units in Oxfordshire. We are an active Unit of around 70 members who enjoy taking part in outdoor activities, as part of the Scout Association. We have two sections that meet on Monday or Tuesday evenings and enjoy a varied programme of indoor and outdoor activities. During the Summer we are out on the River Thames most weeks taking part in a number of water activities including: kayaking, canoeing, pulling, powerboating and standup paddleboarding.

We try and get out and about at least once a month, camping at various locations across Oxfordshire, the UK and Europe. Take a look at the Out and About page to see all the places we have visited. Our weekend activities vary from kayaking trips to hiking to mountain biking to chill-out camps. The highlight of our calendar is our week long Summer Camp during the school holidays; previous summer camps have visited Norfolk, Yorkshire and The Republic of Ireland.

The Explorers are encouraged to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Scout Award schemes. We run the award as part of Oxfordshire Scouts, organising a number of expeditions each year.

To anyone who hasn’t tried Scouting before, I’d say come on up and have a go! I think that most people don’t really know that Scouting is about activities, friendship and meeting people from other countries. I’ve been in the Movement since I was a Beaver and I still love it!

Abingdon ESU is relatively unique. We have a number of Scout Groups that feed into us, representing all three flavours of Scouting. Our members can carry on with whatever flavour of Scouting they were as a Scout, or choose another one if they wish! Our programme is the same for all Explorers, regardless of the colour of their shirt; however, it allows us to offer a variety of adventurous activities on Land and in the Sea or Air.