Explorer Scouts are young people, usually aged between 14 or 141/2 to 18 years old. They make up the fourth section of the Scouting family after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Right from the time of Baden-Powell, there have been arrangements for young people who wanted to continue after their time in the Scout Section, and in 1967, Venture Scouts were formed from the existing Senior Scout and Rover Scout Sections. During the late 1990s we decided that, to meet the changing needs of young people, there should be two sections for the over-14s. Explorer Scouts for 14/141/2 to 18 year olds, and the Scout Network for 18 to 25s.

Structure and meetings

A group of Explorer Scouts is called a Unit.

Not all Units meet every week, partly due to activities, holidays and the other commitments that crop up in a teenager's life. There will be times when you will be busy doing other things such as exams and being an Explorer Scout will have to fit in around these and because Explorers tend to get out and about at weekends more often than other sections.


Explorer Scouts often get the chance to work with other Explorer Scouts in their District, not just their own Unit, so can take part in an even wider spectrum of activities.

There is also a range of ambitious badges and awards, through which Explorers can demonstrate their proficiencies and expand their interests.

Now that you know what Explorer Scouting is about why not contact us for more information and come along and join in the fun.