Explorer Scouts, aged 14-18, belong to the fourth section of the Scout movement.

Explorers are encouraged to take more responsibility for arranging their programme and planning their events.

In this Section that Explorers can work toward their Queen’s Scout Award, Chief Scout’s Diamond or Chief Scout’s Platinum Awards by completing rural expeditions, working in the community, and participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

As well as taking part in weekly events such as hikes, climbing, or skiing, they can work towards other challenges such as Nautical Skills, Aviation Skills, Motor Sports, or Science and Technology badges. As a Unit they may participate in the Evolution, Gillwell 24, or the Apex Challenge.

In Sandwell, Explorer Scouting is provided by the District at 5 locations within Sandwell, which is an excellent opportunity for Scouts from Troops all over the District to meet, share skills and interests, and make new friends.

For more information, please contact the Assistant District Commissioner for Explorer Scouts.


Explorers are 14–18 years old.

Explorer Scouts are encouraged to lead themselves in deciding the programme and direction of the Unit, with support and guidance from leaders. The section also includes the Young Leaders’ Scheme, where young people are able to take on a leadership role in one of the younger sections.

There is wider scope for activities like offshore sailing, campaigning, performing, parascending, mountaineering and expeditions.

As an Explorer Scout, in Sandwell you have a home branch and you can also attend any of the other branch meetings that week as they all do different activities. By doing this, you will get the chance to do many more actvities, not just the ones your branch organises and be able to achieve the Chief Scout’s Awards to celebrate your development as an Explorer Scout.