Explorers – 14-18 yrs
The Explorer Scout Section was formed in 2002 along with the Scout Network to replace Venture Scouting. Explorers is open to young people aged between fourteen and eighteen years old.
Explorer Scouts wear a khaki colour shirt. 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 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.
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.
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 the opportunity to take part in adventurous activities, local conservation projects, creative projects, camps and expeditions, community support…the list is endless! Explorer Scouts can gain awards – from nationally recognised governing bodies (e.g. BCU for canoeing), to Scout Awards and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Explorer Scouts are highly involved in deciding what they want to do and helping their Leaders in running the Programme.