Explorers (14–18 years)

Try more. See more. Do more. At Explorers, you’ll stand on your own two feet, and make memories to last a lifetime.

Being an Explorer

When you join Explorers, you’ll be introduced to lots of new activities, people and things.

In cold months (typically September to Easter) Discovery Explorer Scout Unit meet between 19:30 and 21:00 on Tuesday evenings at our Lilac Grove HQ. In warmer months (typically Easter to September) the Explorers meet at around 18:15 at Beeston Marina and head over to our Barton Island base.

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Explorer Promise

As a values-based movement, we all make ‘The Promise’ on an oath that helps us to be our best.

Learn the Promise

Uniform and Badge Placement

You don’t need a uniform to join. But once you’ve settled in, you’ll start speedily earning badges, and you’ll need to know where to put them!

How Explorers dress


Completing awards challenge you to do more, learn more, and be more. See what’s on offer and start your journey to the top.

Discover Awards

Explorer Scout Young Leaders’ Scheme

ESYLs are Explorer Scouts who volunteer alongside adult leaders in a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack or Scout Troop.

Discover more about the Young Leaders’ Scheme

Options at 18+

Eventually, it’ll be time to say farewell to Explorers and embrace your next big adventure.

Your options at 18

Explorer Leaders

All of our leaders are trained volunteers – working to make sure Scouting is safe, inclusive, and accessible. Some lead the Colony week in and week out. Others visit occasionally to help run a session or drop in to share their skills. No matter how much time you have to spare, find out about volunteering on your own terms.

Find out about Volunteering