Let’s face it, by the age of 14, most young people know what they want. Explorer Scouts therefore have a big say in what they do, while being supported by adult volunteers. Unit members:

  • Get to try activities such as power boating, sailing, snow and motor sports
  • Deliver campsite services – running activities or helping with site maintenance
  • Fundraise and help in the community
  • Go on camping expeditions in the UK and abroad
  • Go for The Queen’s Scout Award, Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold and the Explorer Belt (a 10 day challenge abroad) – all recognised by universities and employers
  • Train as young leaders – working with an experienced adult, they learn how to run activities for young people aged 6-14.


What is an Explorer Scout? 
Explorer Scouts are young people, usually aged between 14 and 18 years old. They make up the fourth Section of the Scouting family. Explorer Scouts get the chance to work with others in the District, not just the Unit. By doing this, they will get the chance to do many more activities, not just the ones the Unit organises.

What do Explorer Scouts wear?
Explorers wear a beige smart shirt, navy blue activity trousers and a group scarf. A Scout joining the Explorer Scout Section, who has gained his or her Gold Chief Scout Award, may wear that award on his or her uniform until he or she gains the Platinum Chief Scout Award. He or she may also wear his or her Participation and Moving On awards.

What do Explorer Scouts do?
The Explorer Scout’s programme offers a balanced range of activities covering the outdoors; skills; physical recreation; community service; environment; international; values and relationships.

Explorer Scout Expeditions
An important part of the new programme are the expeditions that Explorer Scouts need to complete to gain their Chief Scout Awards. A new support section has been formed to provide Explorer Scouts, ESLs and Scout Network members with practical support and advice to enable them to run their expeditions.

Want to be an Explorer Scout?
You need to be at least 14 years old. Feel free to pop along to one of our meetings and speak with one of our leaders, or contact us with any questions you may have.

The Awards
To support the programme there are a range of badges and awards for the Explorer Scout: the Chief Scout’s Platinum and Diamond Awards; the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards; Explorer Belt; activity badges; Group awards and Moving-On award to the Scout Network. The Activity Badges cover: air activities; community; creative; emergency aid; lifesaver; mountain activities; recreation; science & technology; scouting skills; nautical skills; water activities plus the staged badges available to the Beaver, Cub and Scout sections.

Members can find out about the available badges, awards and their requirementsat Scoutbase.