Explorers can be male or female and aged between 14 and 18 years old.
With the support, direction and guidance of Unit leaders, Explorer Scouts are encouraged to lead
themselves, design their own programme and work towards the top awards that Scouting offers. With
exciting prospects like being a part of camps and expeditions both home and abroad; adventurous
activities such as mountaineering, parascending and off shore sailing; Explorers offers fun and
adventure for all. Explorers also have the opportunity to be a part of The Young Leaders’ Scheme
which develops their leadership skills and sense of responsibility, by helping to run meetings
for younger sections.
Structure and Meetings
A group of Explorer Scouts is called a Unit and is part of the District’s provision of Scouting.
The key to running a successful Explorer Unit is flexibility. Due to the other commitments that
crop up in a teenager’s life, such as exams, it is important that the programme reflects this. For
example, Units may not every week, or carry out the majority of activities at weekends.
Explorer Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their
programme including traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well
as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing.
The Explorer programme should be supplemented and complemented by events and activities delivered
across the District, allowing them the opportunity to socialise and work with other local Explorer
In addition, there are a number of activity badges and ambitious top awards that Explorer Scouts
can gain to recognise their achievements.
Explorer Scouts may wear a beige shirt or blouse with a Unit scarf and navy blue activity trousers
or skirt with a Scout belt. They can wear
an Explorer Belt and buckle or Young Leader Buckle if either of these has been awarded.