Explorers are the fourth section of the Scouting movement
Parents guide to Explorers
Right from the time of Baden-Powell, there have been arrangements for the 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 to 18 year olds, and the Scout Network for 18 to 25s.
Explorer Scout are young people, usually aged between 14 and 18 years old. They make up the forth section of the Scouting family after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
A group of Explorer Scouts is called a Unit. Not all Units meet every week, partly due to activities, holidays, exams and other commitments that crop up in teenager’s life, and also because Explorers tend to get out and about at weekends more often than other sections.
Explorers meet on Thursdays from 20:00 until 21:30
Explorer Scouts often get a 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.
Explorers have three top awards to work towards which link into the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme too. There are also activity and Staged Activity badges to gain along the Scouting adventure for Explorers too.
The Chief Scout's Platinum Award is the first. In gaining this, achievers will also cover the requirements of the Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze award (so long as they register for it at the start of the Platinum Award).
The Chief Scouts Diamond Award will also cover the requirements of the Duke of Edinburgh's Silver award (so long as they register for it at the start of the Diamond Award).
The Queen's Scout Award will will also cover the requirements of the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold award (so long as they register for it at the start of the Queen's Scout Award).
The Queen's Scout Award is the top award in Scouting and the highlight of this award is to be invited to the annual St George's Day parade which the Queen attends.