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Explorer Scouts

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.

Who is the Explorer Scout Section For?

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

How are Explorer Scouts Organised?

Explorer Scout Units are primarily Leader led, with as much participation in decision making by young people as possible. There are a number of different types of Explorer Scout Units; these will vary according to local needs and circumstances. Explorer Units are all based at District level, even though the Unit itself may be attached to a Group or specialist Scout body, such as a campsite.

Explorer Scouts also have the option to become Young Leaders. Young Leaders carry out a Leadership role in a Beaver Scout Colony, Cub Scout Pack or Scout Troop. Young Leaders have their own training scheme but can also take part in all other Explorer Scout Activities. Explorer Scouts have no structured groupings as you find in Beavers, Cubs or Scouts. By being involved in a number of different groupings Explorer Scouts will get the chance to develop their teamwork and leadership skills.

What do Explorer Scouts do?

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.

Why Get Involved?

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.

Explorers Online

Explorer Scouts have their own pages on The Scout Association’s website where they can find out lots of useful information, enter competitions and connect with other Explorers on social networking sites! Find out more at:

Resources for Explorer Scouts

Explorer Scouts have their own resource called the Explorer Scout Membership Pack. It’s full of useful information about the programme and Scouting. The requirements for all Explorer Scout Badges are included in
the Explorer Scout Badge Book. Adult resources include posters and record cards as well as 4 comprehensive resources; Unit Essentials, Unit Programmes, Unit Programmes Plus and the Young Leaders Essentials.


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