Explorer Scouts (14–18 years)

At the present time, there are some restrictions on the programme and activities described below as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic.


As an Explorer Scout, you will be able to take part in a range of exciting, challenging activities, such as camping, back-packing, mountain-biking, rafting, canoeing, climbing camping; abseiling or enjoying a trip abroad.


There's a Unit meeting each week, with more activities available on other nights and at weekends. Meetings are a mixture of scout activities, training and some just for fun, such as 10-pin bowling, swimming, ice-skating and movie nights.


There will be times when you will be busy doing other things such as exams, but don't worry, Explorer Scouts fits around these - we're flexible with other things you need to do.


We have a range of badges to recognise your efforts and achievements. The Chief Scout's Diamond and Platinum Awards are our top awards. You can also work for all or part of the DoE Award with us.


A unique part of our programme is the opportunity to work as a Young Leader in one of our other Sections. This develops leadership and teamwork skills and is a useful addition to your CV. It's very popular with our Explorers.


We also have a range of Activity Badges that allow us to recognise your existing skills and interests or perhaps to develop new ones while you're in Explorers.


We enjoy camping and hiking with regular weekend camps and provide opportunities to go hiking and on expedition activities plus taking part in and gain awards for a range of activities, including archery, paddle sports, climbing and hiking.


We also like to go abroad - finding new, exciting places and activities. We're planning more trips in future, but our global travels over recent decades have taken us three times to Japan - Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima and Kyoto; five times to the USA - Florida, Washington DC, Baltimore, New Orleans, San Francisco and New York (including a cross-America journey), Switzerland, Italy, many times to France - the Ardeche, Narbonne, Paris and Normandy;  IrelandBelgium, Netherlands, Germany and South Africa.


You can see some of our activities in the gallery below:

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