Pioneer ESU Code of Conduct

As an Explorer Scout (Explorer), I understand that I will observe the Scout Law and comply with the Explorer Scout Code of Conduct at all times. Failure to do so will result in discipline action being taken:

This document compliments The Scout Association’s Policy, Organisation & Rules including:

  1. Explorer Scouts will always show respect to fellow Explorers, helpers or members of the leadership team and members of the Scout Association. Explorers should ensure that their behaviour is appropriate to any activity or meeting they attend and that it does not cause offence to others.

  2. Explorers will be respectful and tolerant of each other at all times. Bullying or intimidating behaviour towards fellow Explorers, helpers or members of the leadership team will not be tolerated.

  3. Explorers are expected to attend unit meetings on a regular basis. Whenever an Explorer is unable to attend a meeting or arranged activity, they must inform an appropriate member of the leadership team as far in advance as possible.

  4. The use of mobile devices is not permitted during unit meetings or at any Scouting activity, unless express permission has been given to do so by a member of the leadership team. Explorers found to be using a mobile device will be asked to stop their use of it. Failure to do so may result in confiscation of the mobile device for the entirety of the meeting.

  5. Explorers must ensure that they pay their membership subscriptions on time.

  6. Uniform must be worn to the first unit meeting in the month and activities unless specifically informed otherwise that alternative clothing is required or permitted. Acceptable uniform will consist of a smart, ironed Scout shirt and a neat scarf accompanied by a woggle or tied using a friendship knot. Scarf must be worn to all unit meetings.

  7. Following investiture or presentation of a badge or award, Explorers should ensure that badges are sewn onto their uniform for the next meeting or Scouting activity.

  8. Explorers must follow UK national law, including when traveling abroad.

  9. Smoking is not permitted at unit meetings or any scouting activities.

  10. On completion of a pen knife safety risk assessment session and subsequent return of the permission slip, at the discretion of the leadership team, and at the Explorers own risk, folding type penknives may be permitted to be brought to a sanctioned activity, such as a ‘camp’ or outdoor activity.

  11. Mixed sleeping arrangements are not permitted at any overnight activity or ‘camp’. Explorers must sleep in their own/allocated tents or accommodation. Changes to sleeping arrangements will only be permitted following the permission of the Explorer Scout Leader in charge of the event. At no time will an Explorer go into the sleeping accommodation of a member of the leadership team or member of the opposite sex.

  12. Explorers must ensure that at all times they fully understand and observe the specific rules that apply to the activity they are taking part in.

  13. Explorers are collected promptly from each meeting or event. If a delay is expected, please contact a member of the leadership team at your earliest convenience. The leadership must be informed if explorers are permitted to make own travel arrangements.

Penalties for breach of the Pioneer Explorer Unit Code of Conduct:

  1. Minor misconduct or first offence: A Verbal warning will be issued to the Explorer by a member of the leadership team. The Explorer may be asked to take no further part in all or part of an activity, depending on the severity of the breach.

  2. Repeated minor misconduct: A formal verbal warning will be issued to the Explorer and behaviour/breach of the Code of Conduct will be discussed with their parents. The Explorer may be asked to take no further part in a meeting or activity, depending on the severity of the breach. In some cases, this may mean that the Explorer is required to leave the meeting or activity immediately.

  3. Major misconduct: The Explorer and their parents will be issued with a formal warning by the leadership team and the District Explorer Scout Commissioner. The Explorer will be temporarily excluded from their Unit for up to 3 months, in most cases the exclusion will apply to all Scouting activities.

  4. Serious misconduct: The Explorer will be suspended immediately. The matter will be referred to the District Explorer Scout Commissioner who may decide, in consultation with the District Commissioner that the Explorer is asked to leave the Scout Association.

Repeated minor offences will be interpreted as major or serious misconduct.

Should a criminal act be committed we will not hesitate in involving the Police.

Any member of the leadership team, the District Explorer Scout Commissioner or the District Commissioner can apply these penalties for breach of the Pioneer Explorer Unit Code of Conduct.