Take the lead. Work together. Embrace the future.Explorers is Scouts for people aged 14 to 18.
Stand on your own two feet and make memories to last a lifetime.
Choose your own adventure and make the most of what you have, wherever and whoever you are.
Explorers are young people aged 14 to 18 who join together each week at their units, trying new things, making new friends, go on adventures, and master skills they'll take with them into the real world.
Whether it's camping independently with their friends, hiking to faraway lands, or completing games across an entire city, Explorers achieve anything they set their minds to, and have lots of fun while they do.
We work towards the top awards for young people
Explorers complete tasks and work towards the highest awards for young people in Scouts
Just like Squirrels, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, Explorers is all about completing awards at every step of the journey. Explorers have more chances than ever before to reach the very top of the awards available to young people in Scouts. You can work towards as many as you like, at your own pace, and many of the awards you can earn in Explorers will stay with you as you venture into adult roles in Scouting in the future.
We help to give every Explorer Scout the chance to work towards their Chief Scout's Platinum and Diamond awards, and the very top achievement for Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members, the Queen's Scout Award. Along the way, Explorers can also work towards the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, the Young Leader Award and the Explorer Belt.
The Top Awards
Like the challenge awards in the younger sections, the Top Awards are designed to do challenge Explorers, making you step outside of your comfort zone, try things you wouldn't usually be interested in, or take the lead on something that you think is a bit scary. Earning any of the Top Awards is a huge achievement, and you'll need to complete a number of ambitious tasks - not just within your Unit, but in the wider community and in another country.
We give our Explorers loads of support along the way, and plenty of practice, by creating and taking part in a wide range of events and activities that will help them face challenges as part of small independent teams.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Young Leader Award and Explorer Belt
We also give our Explorers the chance to take part in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, giving Explorers the chance to make friends, have fun and build confidence in an empowering, exciting and non-competitive learning environment, and gives Explorers the chance to work towards their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. Find out more about The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Scouting.
For those who wish to help in the younger sections, there's also the Explorer Scout Young Leader Award, which offers training and support to young people looking to lead their fellow Scouts in younger sections. The award recognises the work, dedication and effort put in, giving young people the skills and knowledge they need to be successful, while also helping them make a positive impact in local communities, fulfilling the service elements of many of the top awards. Find out more about the Young Leaders' Scheme.
Explorers looking for the challenge of a lifetime need look no further than the Explorer Belt. It's a chance for Explorer Scouts aged 16 or older, and Scout Network members, to take part in a ten day expedition bringing real understanding of a different country, its culture, and way of life. Find out more about the Explorer Belt.
You can find out more about the awards available to Explorer Scouts on the Scouts website.
Join Explorers at a unit in Warwick District
We welcome all young people between 14 and 18 years of age
Joining Explorers with us is a great way to get your young person fully involved in their Scouting journey. Our units have a fantastic track record of keeping young people interested, with many of our Explorers having once been Beavers, Cubs and Scouts with groups in our district.
Explorers is open to all, and we are usually able to tweak things to make sure that everyone is able to join in the fun. If you've got any questions about how we can make Explorers accessible to your young person, get in touch with us and we'll have a chat. Being upfront from the start gives us the advantage of being able to work together in partnership to ensure that your young person has the best possible experience.
What you’ll need in order to join
All you need to do is register your details on our new members waiting list. As soon as your young person reaches the age to join Explorers, one of our Explorer Scout Leaders will get in touch with you and invite you and your young person to your first session.
You won't need a uniform to join Explorers, but once you've joined and settled in, you'll be earning all sorts of brilliant badges, so you'll need somewhere to put them. When your young person is nearly ready to make their Promise, we’ll let you know how to get your uniform.
Invest in your young person’s future with us
By joining Explorers, your young person becomes part of a worldwide movement, dedicated to helping them develop skills they can use in the real world, while having fun, adventure and making new friends. Many of our units across the District offer a free trial to help you decide whether Explorers is for you and your young person. After this, membership subscription fees will become due.
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