What are Explorers?

Random ExplorersINTRODUCTION

The Explorer Scout Section was formed in 2002 along with the Scout Network (for 18 – 25 yr olds) to replace Venture Scouting. Since its launch Explorer Scouting has taken off and has over 30,000 Members in 2,000 Units across the UK.


Explorer Scouts is open to young people aged between 14 and 18 years old who want to join and can make the Scout Promise.


Units decide themselves how often they meet. Members should be able to attend when it is convenient for them. Explorer Units might not need to meet every week because they will often be out and about at weekends or in the holidays doing activities. There will be times when they will be busy doing other things such as exams, and being an Explorer Scout will have to fit around these. The Explorer Scout Section is flexible to the needs of each individual. As an Explorer Scout you are eligible to attend any Unit in the District.


Explorer Scouts have the opportunity to take part in adventurous activities, local conservation projects, creative projects, camps and expeditions, community support…the list is endless! Explorer Scouts can gain awards – from nationally recognised governing bodies (e.g. BCU for canoeing), to Scout Awards and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Network Gathering 2009

Explorer Scouts are highly involved in deciding what they want to do and helping their Leaders in running the Programme.


As Scouts young people have the opportunity to develop their skills in many areas including decision making. Explorer Scouts provides opportunities for young people to decide what they want to do and what they want to get out of Scouting. The opportunities will be there for them to take part in a wide range of activities and to gain a variety of skills and knowledge. They will get to learn more about themselves by not only taking responsibility for themselves, but for others as well. Most of all being an Explorer gives you a chance to hang out with your mates and have a go at fun and exciting activities you wouldn’t ordinarily try!

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