About Explorers

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.

  • Girls
  • Boys
  • 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!’

Becky, Colchester
CHESS Homeless Charity Logo BIG Sleepout raises £3,850 for homeless charity CHESS - 4th Braintree Scout Group held a BIG Sleepout in aid of the charity CHESS, who support homeless people across Essex. Over the weekend of 24/25 November 2018, more than 100 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders spent time learning about the issue of homelessness, what they can do to support those in need and made cardboard […]
It’s the Tendring District Scouts annual football competition…and the winners are? - Tendring District Scouts had their hugely popular Annual Football competition on Saturday 18th May, at FC Clacton‘s ground. 29 teams from right across Tendring arrived, with the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers all taking part. Over 190 players across the ages: 6-17, battled it out to secure their respective sections trophy, or maybe just played […]
ECSAT our 35th Year! - The Essex County Scouts Archery Team (ECSAT) was established in 1984 for the Essex Jamboree by David Clare. Although he had provided archery teams prior to this, they disbanded after each Jamboree and then 4 years later a new team formed. David wanted to keep the team running between Jamborees. In 1995 David successfully organised […]
Penny Mile Challenge -  3rd Canvey Island Scout Group took up a challenge to lay 1 mile of pennies. On Sunday 20th January the group set out to raise money and complete part of the Essex Centenary Challenge. Canvey Island Football Club had kindly offered for the group to use the perimiter of their pitch for this challenge which […]
Essex County Scouts AGM

Essex County Scouts AGM

17th July @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

County Marathon 2019

27th September @ 5:00 pm - 29th September @ 3:30 pm

County Marathon

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Matt Brown
Deputy ACC Explorer Scouts
Neil Warren
County Explorer Scout Leader
Luke Ford
County Explorer Scout Leader
Emma Dell
Assistant County Commissioner (Explorer Scouts)


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.

A: Get in touch with the ACC Explorer Scouts. The link is on the main Explorers page!