(14-17 years)

Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.
Explorer Scouts experience life-changing opportunities and develop important skills by working towards badges and top awards.
Explorer Scouts is the fourth section in the Scout Movement for 14 to 18-year-olds. In this section, young people enjoy the independence of planning their own incredible adventures with their Explorer Unit.

When an Explorer joins their Unit, they make a Promise to do their best and to follow the values of Scouting; integrity, respect, care, belief and cooperation.

When Explorers turn 18, they move onto the Scout Network, the fifth and final Scouting section. They could also choose to take on a role as an adult volunteer.

Earn badges, achieve awards and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime!

Explorers are encouraged to learn by doing, so our Explorer Scout Programme is jam-packed with adventurous activities that will help develop their skills.

With the support, direction and guidance of Leaders, Explorer Scouts are encouraged to lead themselves, design their own Programme and work towards the top awards that Scouting offers.

Explorers can expect to get involved in activities such as:

  • Water-based activities
  • Community impact projects
  • Hiking
  • Digital skills
  • Camping
  • Sports

Explorers can also take part in international activities such as the Explorer Belt, a 10–day expedition that provides them with a real understanding of a different country, 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