Explorer Scouts are young people, aged between 14 and 18 years old. They make 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, others may be based around different activities.
Not all Units meet each week, because you will often be out and about at weekends or in the holidays doing activities. There will be times when you will be busy doing other things such as exams, and being an Explorer Scout will have to fit around these.
As an Explorer Scout, you will get the chance to work with other Explorer Scouts in your District, not just your Unit. By doing this, you will get the chance to do many more activities, not just the ones your Unit organises.
- Aged 14-18
‘To anyone who hasn’t tried Scouting before, I’d say come on up and have a go! I think that most people don’t really know that Scouting is about activities, friendship and meeting people from other countries. I’ve been in the Movement since I was a Beaver and I still love it!’
A: Explorers is for young people in Scouting aged 14-18 years old. There is flexibility to join the Section between 13½ yrs and 14½ yrs. There is also flexibility at the ‘top’ end of the age range to move up into Scout Network between 17.5 yrs and 18 yrs. This ‘flexibility’ is something arranged locally with the District Explorer Scout Commissioner, also known as the ‘DESC’ (the person responsible for the management of Explorer Scouting locally).
A: You may stay in your Scout Troop past your 14th Birthday but no later than your 15th Birthday. This extra year is intended to give flexibility for moving up into Explorer Scouts at the most suitable time for you as a young person, for example so that you can move up with a group of friends. The dates for moving up from Scouts to Explorers should be arranged locally with the District Explorer Scout Commissioner (DESC).
A: Explorer Units take part in a wide range of activities. From working towards ‘Award Programmes’ such as Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or the Chief Scouts Awards, to social events and outings, and of course camps and expeditions too. Every Explorer Scout Unit is different, so before deciding which one to join it’s often a good idea to get a copy of the Unit Programme for a variety of local Units.
A: Explorer Scouts is run by a District leadership team, led by the District Explorer Scout Commissioner (DESC), who reports to the District Commissioner (‘DC’). Where there isn’t a DESC in post this role is carried out by the DC. Some Districts have one District-based Explorer Scout Unit, whereas other Districts have a number of local Units, forming part of the District Explorer Section. This structure will be different from District to District. Explorer Scouts are usually involved in making decisions jointly together with their leaders, such as when organising activities.
A: Being a YL involves helping out at a younger Section (ie, Beavers, Cubs or Scouts) as Young Leader and is a type of Explorer Scout. As a YL you will be expected to take part in Young Leader training that the District will arrange. Some Young Leaders also attend a regular Explorer Scout Unit as well.