Climbing Course 2016

We are running an indoor climbing course for Oxfordshire Explorers that will run from January to July 2016.

The course will run on alternate Tuesday evenings during term time, and will be delivered primarily at the Oxford Brookes University climbing wall in Headington, Oxford.

There will be four additional weekend sessions; in the Spring term, there will be 2 half day trips arranged to larger indoor climbing venues, and after Easter, there will be two all day trips to climb outside on real rock.

Please click for further information and booking details.

Abingdon ESU win RaidOx

Over the weekend, six teams of Explorers and Networkers from across the County competed for the RaidOx Trophy, an Oxford-based scavenger hunt now in its seventh year.  With the questions and challenges released at 7pm on Friday, the bulk of the entries have to be submitted in person by 2pm on Sunday, resulting in some 36 hours of frenzied activity before the final meet up.  By then, various and varied challenges will have been recorded, filmed, created and uploaded.


Abingdon ESU were ultimately victorious, but competition was stiff this year, particularly in the cake-making department!

RaidOxWinners result

CESAW 2016 Bookings Open

Welcome to the booking information for Oxfordshire's County Explorer Scout Activity Weekend 2016 (AKA CESAW16) This event is open to all Explorer Scouts in Oxfordshire and surrounding counties.

What is CESAW16?
CESAW is an activity weekend for Explorer Scouts, this year featuring our very own colour run as well as a range of on and offsite activities as well as the now famous Sea-saw Explorer Bar. All meals are included on this event.

When is CESAW16?
CESAW takes place on the 18th-20th March 2016 Check in opens at 18:00 on the Friday and the event closes at 15:00 on the Sunday.

Where is CESAW16?
CESAW takes place at Horley Scout Camp site near Banbury (

Book in by clicking here.

Scouts and Mountain Training

Mountain Training and the Scouts have been working together for decades thanks to our shared interest in walking, climbing and mountaineering. Many Scout leaders go on to gain one or more of our qualifications and many of the people who already hold our qualifications find themselves working with the Scouts, which requires a permit.

So we've teamed up to create an infographic which showcases the pathways and opportunities for everyone involved. It is not designed to be prescriptive or limiting and the Scout permit system remains separate to Mountain Training's qualifications. It's aim is to enable everyone to understand the options available at every stage of their development.

View the infographic here or find out more about the upcoming Hill and Moorland Training Course run by Oxfordshire Scouting here.