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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


The Explorer Scout programme is based around six programme zones:

        Outdoor and Adventure



        Fit for Life


        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


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


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


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


What Explorer Scouts in Suffolk have been up to…

County DofE expeditions- May/ June 2013
Numbers accessing the open County-run expeditions continue to increase, with 28 young people on the recent Bronze practise expeditions. I was also pleased to be able to present Bob & Cath with their woodbadge. The last few weeks have also seen a Gold practise expedition in the Cotswolds. DofE enrolment in increasing rapidly in the County thanks to the tireless work of Lisa, Bob, Cath and Anne in supporting units with the delivery of the DofE scheme.

Suffolk Explorer Scout conference- February 2013
Over 60 adults and for the first time 20 youth reps from the Explorer Units of Suffolk, came together to receive information from organisations that could support them with their programme and to hear updates about developments in the County and from HQ. They then had the chance to visit 12 organisation stands and have their conplimetary lunch during the afternoon period. As a direct result of a youth rep attending the conference, 4 Explorer Scouts from Lowestoft District booked themselves onto a leg of the 'Tall ships race' which will count towards their DofE Gold. The conference next in 2014 will include activities and skills bases- 23rd February 2014.

County Explorer Scout/ Scout Network birthday camp- 13th-15th July 2012
110 Explorer Scouts, 30 Network members and 50 leaders descended on Haughley Park to celebrate 10 years of fun. Zorbing, mountain boarding, cake, climbing, archery, air rifles, cake, water slide, karaoke, crafts, cake, pole joust, it's a knockout, monkey bridge, cake, campfire, circus skills. We managed to have a sunny day on Sunday so everything went home dry. Result. Caution: too much cake causes injury.... 

ESL/ YL Survival Skills Weekend- 11th-13th May 2012
15 participants came together to develop their basic survival skills; making bivvis, skinning and gutting rabbits, foraging, navigation skills, backwoods cooking.
Suffolk Senior Sections joint Scout/ Guide event- 16th/17th March 2012, Banham
More than 60 Explorer Scouts and Guide Senior Section members came togther at Banham for a day of fun on the high wires.

Suffolk Explorer Scout Conference- February 2012: Our second annual conference saw a visit from Wayne Bulpitt, who networked with adults and addressed concerns about the new water activity rules. Over 70 adults involved in Explorer Scouting in Suffolk received support and guidance from a range of organisations from Suffolk Sport and No Risks sexual health team to the D of E scheme and Cotswold Outdoors. Our County Beaver Scout Team provided examples of crafts for Explorer Scouts, and members of our County Training Team were on-hand to offer taster skills session on core Scouting skills. We had a go on some segways and a mobile climbing wall as well...watch out for conference 2013 in the next edition of County News! 

National Smallbore Rifle Association- Youth Proficiency Scheme instructors course- December 2011: 15 young leaders and adults completed the weekend course that enables them to supervise air rifle ranges and instruct in the safe use of air rifles.

Bronze DofE assessed expedition- September 2011: All participants in the County open expedition passed and gave interesting presentations to their parents and a selection of leaders about their expedition focus. 

Leader and YL skills weekend- September 2011: 22 adults and Young Leaders spent a weekend learning how to build and operate monket bridges and aerial runways, as well as building towers and rafts and learning about the care and maintenance of pioneering equipment. More skills events to follow in 2012. 

Explorer Belt practise expedition- August 2011: Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members from the County spent three days in Northumbria practising their micro-navigation, expedition cooking and wild camping skills ahead of their 10 day expedition in Poland in 2012. Three more practise events to go... 

Bronze Practice Expedition- June 2011: What a great way to start the County Supported Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions. Despite the rain on arrival everyone was in good spirits as we put up tents at Two Mile Bottom in Norfolk. Once everyone had just about had a soaking the sun came out and left us with a beautiful evening ideal for route planning At the beginning of June two groups of Explorers from all corners of the County came together to successfully complete their Bronze Practice Expedition. It was a very long two days for some with walking routes in excess of 30km and kit bags that contained everything for a weekend camping. Both groups finished in good time and with smiles on their faces proving their expertise in navigation and team work. Everyone who took part learned some valuable lessons during their expedition and should be ready to complete their final assessed expedition by the end of the summer.


For more information, please click on this link: Explorers