Explorers Ages 14 – 18 years
Explorer Scouts are the fourth and final youth section of The Scout Association after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. On leaving Scouts or at the age of 14 they will join one of our District units. All our members work with their unit leader and develop their own youth led programme under the guidance of our District Explorer Scout Commissioner.
The Unit Leader will encourage the young people to plan, develop and produce a quality programme incorporating the various Challenges and Badges that will help them achieve the section’s awards. The key to a successful unit is flexibility. This age range has many other commitments, like exams, that need to be considered and incorporated into their planning.
A great many National or International opportunities are available to Explorers like Gilwell 24, Eurojam and The World Scout Jamboree which occurs every four years somewhere in the world. Sutton has many members who have attended returning later as a contingent leader or to help on the International Service Team (IST). It is an opportunity like no other.
The Chief Scouts Platinum and Diamond Awards closely mirror the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Awards
This could be the start of their journey to achieving our top award the Queen’s Scout Award and the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. All requirements must be completed by the age of 25.
There is also the opportunity to develop their own leadership skills, becoming a Young Leader (YL) with one of the younger sections. They can then earn their 4 x mission awards and work towards their YL Buckle.