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What are Explorer Scouts?

Explorer Scouts are young people aged between 14 and 18 years old. There are many types of Explorer Scout Units, some may be linked to your local Scout Group, and 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.

 

Awards and badges

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The Explorer Scout programme is based around six programme zones:

        Outdoor and Adventure

        Global

        Community

        Fit for Life

        Creative

        Beliefs and Attitudes

All Explorer Scout units are expected to follow a programme that is balanced across these zones. There are a number of major awards to be gained in the Explorer Scout section, these focus around the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme, and with a little extra activity, Explorer Scouts also gain their Chief Scouts Awards. Additionally, there are specialist activity badges in the variety of activities from swimming and ICT to kayaking and air activities.

Duke of Edinburgh’s award

Extra activities…

Scout Award

Bronze

Be an Explorer Scout for 6 months.

Complete 6 nights away, at least 4 under canvas.

Complete two activities from the awards activity list*.

Chief Scouts Platinum award

Silver

Be an Explorer Scout for 12 months.

Complete 12 nights away, at least 8 under canvas.

Complete two activities from the awards activity list*.

Chief Scouts Diamond award

Gold

Be an Explorer Scout for 18 months.

Complete 18 nights away, at least 12 under canvas.

Complete two activities from the awards activity list*.

Make a presentation demonstrating your achievements.

Queens Scout Award

 * For the awards activity list, click here

For more information, please click on this link: Explorers


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