Explorer Scouts continue the challenge and fun of Scouting for young people aged 14 to 18. They don’t have to have been in the Scout Movement beforehand and many members are brand new to Scouting.
Young Leaders are 14-18 year olds who prefer to assist with the delivery of Scouting at younger sections (Beavers, Cubs or Scouts). Of course a 14-18 year old can be a full member of an Explorer Scout Unit (ESU) and be a Young Leader too, though educational demands at this critical stage might prevent this.
A key difference between Scouts and Explorers is that there is no patrol system in Explorers and a more relaxed format prevails.
What do Explorers Do?
The Explorer programme is adventurous, fun and rewarding. It is tailored to suit the members of the specific unit, often by the Explorers themselves who propose activities and take to the next level the activities that they enjoyed most when they were in a Scout Troop.
The opportunities are limitless.
What about our Explorers?
Our Group is partnered with one of the local five Explorer Units (Endurance) which has been freshly reformed in late 2020, and despite the lockdown restrictions it has grown rapidly thanks to some of the leaders from 100th offering even more of their time to Scouting!
As of early 2021 they have already started planning a cycling expedition to the South coast, gotten things ready for a (partial) South Downs hike, and are looking to set up a regular D&D (and possibly Magic: The Gathering) games evenings.
All of this on top of making headway in their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Chief Scout’s Platinum awards!
We look forward to seeing where else this Explorer Unit can go – our bets are abroad for their Explorer Belt Award.
We are also incredibly lucky to have four other Explorer Units in the local Fleet area, running on either Wednesday or Friday evenings depending on the Unit.
Scouts are free to choose any Explorer Scout Unit to join, and are in no way beholden to our partnered Unit.
All of the local Units often work together for larger scale activities and award events such as expeditions.
When should I move from Scouts?
You can become an Explorer from the age of 13½; however, you may stay in Scouts until the end of the term you are 14 with the agreement of the District Commissioner and ADC Scouts. We understand that it is often good to move with friends, so please contact your Scout Troop leader or one of the Explorer contacts to discuss your options.
What awards can I earn in Explorers?
The Explorer awards (Platinum, Diamond, and Queen’s Scout) are aligned with the Duke of Edinburgh scheme (Bronze, Silver, and Gold), allowing you to get two awards for the same effort.
The Chief Scout’s Diamond and Queen’s Scout awards carry on into Network Scouts (18 to 25), so if you are having a hard time completing there is still support after Explorers.
Chief Scout’s Platinum Award
The Chief Scout’s Platinum Award is the culmination of everything you do as a young person in Scouts. It’s a chance to celebrate your progress, and take stock of how far you’ve come.
Chief Scout's Diamond Award
The Chief Scout’s Diamond Award is the highest of the Chief Scout’s Awards.
Queen's Scout Award
The Queen’s Scout Award is the top achievement for Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members. Earning it is a huge achievement!
Bronze DofE award
The Bronze DofE award is the result of at least six months of hard work including volunteering, physical improvement, skills improvement, and a two day expedition.
Silver DofE award
The Silver DofE award is the result of at least twelve months of hard work (six if you’ve completed Bronze) including volunteering, physical improvement, skills improvement, and a three day expedition.
Gold DofE award
The Gold DofE award is the result of at least eighteen months of hard work (twelve if you’ve completed Silver) including volunteering, physical improvement, skills improvement, a four day expedition, and a five day residential challenge.
Young Leaders’ Scheme
In addition there is the Young Leaders’ Scheme involving helping at other sections
And the Explorer Belt – a challenge of a lifetime involving a ten day expedition abroad that brings you a real understanding of a different country, its culture and way of life!
There are also staged proficiency and various activity badges that can be undertaken, similar to Scouts.
This Scout HQ page gives the placement template for all of the uniform badges for Scouts.
Where do Explorers go camping?
There are endless opportunities to get away and be adventurous as an Explorer. Over the past few years Explorers from the UK have been to the Brecon Beacons, Dartmoor, Skye, Sweden and Canada, along with a variety of winter and summer camps throughout the UK.
How do I become a Young Leader?
Young Leaders are Explorers who choose to provide leadership support at a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack or Scout Troop (though not at their former Scout Troop before a break of six months has elapsed).
How do I find out more and make a choice?
If you are coming up from Scouts to Explorers then your Scout Leader will help you find a suitable Explorer Unit.
If you are new to Scouting, please contact our Group Scout Leader for more information on the local Explorer Units, or visit the District Website.
The Explorer Scout Law and Promise
There is no difference in the Scout Law and Promise from the Scout section upwards.
Explorer Scout Promise: On my honour, I promise that I will do my best to do my duty to God and to the Queen, to help other people, and to keep the Scout Law.
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