What is it all about?

Explorers are encouraged to lead themselves in deciding the programme and direction of the Unit, with support and guidance from leaders. The section also includes the Young Leaders’ Scheme, where young people are able to take on a leadership role in one of the younger sections.

There is wider scope for activities like offshore sailing, campaigning, performing, parascending, mountaineering and expeditions.

The Explorer Unit is the fourth section, above Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. The Explorer Scout Section is for young people aged between 14 and 18 years.

Activities for Explorers

Explorers are encouraged to organise and 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. Participation rather than meeting set standards is the key approach


There is a range of badges and challenge awards that Explorers can gain to recognise their achievements. From Activity Centre Service to Survival Skills our activity badges get them, exploring the world around them, taking responsibility for themselves and others, learning new skills and working in teams.  Whatever their interest there is sure to be a badge to capture their imagination.

Further information about badges and awards for the Scout section can be found here.


The Explorer Unit is supported by our amazing volunteers offering the fun and adventure of Scouting in a safe and friendly environment. Most Explorer Units meet for around 2 hours once per week or once per fortnight, but this can vary so check with your local unit.

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