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Explorer Scouts

Explorers are young adults between 14 and 18 years of age. They meet together once a week in a Explorer Scout Unit.

The Explorer Scout section is usually a district section, however the Scout Group has it's own Unit which it runs under partnership with the District. This allows it to operate within the structure of the Scout Group but maintain close links with other Units throughout the District allowing it to offer a wide range of activities for it's members.

Explorers can gain a wide range of badges and awards, particularly activity badges. These can range from canoeing and mountain biking to sports and public relations.

A unique part of being an Explorer Scout is the chance to become a Young Leader in the Beaver, Cub and Scout Sections. This gives Explorers the chance to:

  • gain the knowledge, skills and confidence required to become an effective Leader
  • further their own personal development
  • work towards other Awards for example the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
  • acquire the skills that are needed for the Scouts Adult Training Scheme
  • and above all, have fun!

The Unit meets each week and will often be out and about at weekends or in the holidays doing activities.

Explorers are also able to take part in international travel during their time in the Section.

Young people may stay in the Explorer Section until the age of 18 before they move on to the Network Section and/or become adult Leaders.

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The Explorer Scout Motto

Be Prepared


The Explorer Scout Promise

On my honour,
I promise that I will do my best,
to do my duty to God and the Queen,
to help other people and
to keep the Scout law.


The Explorer Scout Law
  • A Scout is to be trusted.
  • A Scout is loyal.
  • A Scout is friendly and considerate.
  • A Scout belongs to the world-wide family of Scouts.
  • A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
  • A Scout makes good use of his time and is careful of possessions and property.
  • A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.