Explorer Scouts is the fourth section of Scouting for young people aged from 14 years old up to 18 years old. The sky is literally the limit when it comes to the activities available to Explorers. As an Explorer Scout, you will be able to decide, along with the rest of the Unit, what you want to do – whether it’s canoing, karting, hiking or exploring the world.
You will be able to work towards the Chief Scout’s Diamond and Platinum Awards as well as the highest award in Scouting, the Queen’s Scout Award. This award is recognised by many employers as the sign of someone who is enthusiastic, dedicated and reliable. You can find out more about these awards and the rest of the Explorer Scout programme at the Scout Association website.
Explorer Scouts can also take on a leadership role with the younger sections – Beavers, Cubs and Scouts – by becoming a Young Leader. The St. Helens Young Leader Unit (YLU) provides training and support to Young Leaders.
Explorer Scouts is run in Explorer Scout Units which, along with the Young Leader Unit, make up St. Helens District Explorers. There is flexibility in the age range at the start of Explorers, with young people being able to join at 13.5 years, or remain in Scouts until 14.5 years. At the end of Explorers, young people can continue their adventures as members of the Scout Network and/or become an adult volunteer.
A table of all section meeting times is available.