Explorer Scouts are young people, usually aged between 14 and 18 years old.
The Explorer section makes up the fourth Section of the Scouting family. There are many types of Explorer Scout Units, some may be linked to your local Scout Group, and others may be based around specific activities. Explorer Scouts get the chance to work with others in the District, not just the Unit. By doing this, they will get the chance to do many more activities, not just the ones the Unit organises. They also get the opportunity to develop leadership skills as Young Leaders working in section.
The Explorer Scout programme offers a balanced range of activities covering the outdoors & adventure, skills, physical recreation, community, global, and values & relationships. A key element of the programme are the expeditions that Explorer Scouts need to complete to gain their Chief Scout Awards (Platinum and Diamond).
To support the programme there are a range of badges and awards for the Explorer Scout: the Chief Scout’s Platinum and Diamond Awards; the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards; Explorer Belt; activity badges; Group awards and Moving-On award to the Scout Network. The Activity Badges cover: air activities; community; creative; emergency aid; lifesaver; mountain activities; recreation; science & technology; scouting skills; nautical skills; water activities plus the staged badges available to the Beaver, Cub and Scout sections.
The Explorer Scout Unit is run under the leadership of adults responsible for supporting the programme, training Explorer Scouts, mentoring the Unit, managing the Unit and maintaining effective communications within the Unit, the District, Scout Groups and other agencies with which there are links.