Explorer Scouts are young people, aged between 14 and 18 years old. They make up the fourth section of the Scouting family.
Explorers 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. This gives them the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and sense of responsibility.
There is wider scope for activities like camping, survival skills, offshore sailing, campaigning, performing, parascending, mountaineering and expeditions both home and abroad. Explorer Scouts offers fun and adventure for all.
Across East London Scout District we have seven Explorer Scout Units. Not all Units meet each week, because they 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 fit around these.
The Explorer programme is supplemented and complemented by events and activities delivered across the whole District, allowing them the opportunity to socialise and work with other local Explorer Units. In addition, there are a number of activity badges and ambitious top awards that Explorer Scouts can gain during their time in the section to recognise their achievements.
We have 80 Explorer Scouts across East London but always have room for others who want to learn new skills, knowledge whilst enjoying a challenge and adventure.