Explorers – 14 to 18 Years

Explorers are the fifth section of the Scouting movement.

Try more. See more. Do more!

From the time of Baden-Powell, young people who wanted to continue after their time as a Scout have had the option of joining another section, this was Venture Scouts (formerly known as Rover Scouts) and then in 2002 becoming Explorer Scouts.

Being part of an Explorer Unit is about discovering the world on your own terms and making the most of what you have, wherever and whoever you are.  Explorers are encouraged to lead themselves and decide the programme and direction of their Unit.  They become independent while making memories that will last a lifetime.  

Explorers are supported and guided by a team of leaders and they will also have the opportunity to take on a leadership role themselves by taking part in the Young Leaders Scheme.  They will master new skills and try things they may never normally get the chance to do.

As well as weekly meetings there will be the opportunity for Explorers to take part in residential events both locally and nationally, such as Gilwell 24 or even an international event as part of a Jamboree.  Explorers can work towards three main awards, Chief Scout’s Platinum and Diamond Awards and the Queen’s Scout Award.  There is also the opportunity to take part in the Explorer Belt which is an expedition to another county that brings an understanding of its culture and way of life.


Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls