South East Scotland Scouts logoEXPLORERS

Challenge and adventure for young people 14 to 18

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

Explorer Scouts are always on the go! You’ll find there’s always something to get involved with whether it’s an international expedition, adventure camp or community project. Explorer Scouts have the opportunity to take on CV-boosting accolades, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or our own Queen’s Scout Award, and can develop leadership skills through the Young Leader Scheme.

If you are between the ages of 14 and 18 you can join Explorers! It does not matter whether you have been in the Scout section first. Explorers meet in a Unit which is part of the District, though many Units are linked with a Scout Group. In Explorers you can expect to do a lot of activities and achieve many badges and Awards – including the Chief Scout’s Awards and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. There is also the updated Zodiac Award to encourage camping, which you can continue from Scouts or start from scratch.

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Wild Fire in the Pentlands

Joining Explorers

If you are nearly 14 your Scout Leaders should be able to help you find a Unit. If you are not in Scouts, you can phone our Scout Centre on 0131 441 1878 or email info@sesscouts.org.uk to find where Explorers meet near you.

Young Leaders

If you are an Explorer you can be a Young Leader with Beavers, Cubs or Scouts!  Find out more about the Young Leaders’ Scheme!

Explorers at Bonaly with mountain boards

Parents and Carers

We encourage all parents and carers to take an active interest in what is going on with all sections, including Explorers.  If you would like to help  see our information for adult volunteers.

ARC (Explorers)

The Assistant Regional Commissioner (Explorers) is John Buchanan.  He supports and coordinates Explorer Scouting across the Region.  There are many aspects of the programme which are best delivered through cooperation between Units and Districts and ideas and suggestions are always welcome.

ARC Explorers

John Buchanan

“Scouting has changed me as a person. Through travelling with Scouting, I’ve seen how others live and it has given me a passion for making a difference in the world.”

Sarah, Explorer Scout, 17

“I’ve had incredible experiences that I know I couldn’t get elsewhere. Scouting gave me the confidence to become who I
am today.”

Lee, Explorer Scout, 17

Challenges

  • Expeditions
  • International travel
  • Team work
  • Leadership
  • Events planning
  • Volunteering