Explorer Scouts (14-18 years)
Explorer Scouts are young people usually aged
between 14 and 18. They make up the fourth Section of the Scouting family. In the Movement’s early days, Lord Baden-Powell saw the need to provide a programme for young men who wanted to continue after their time in the Scout Section. Senior Scouts, developed to meet this need, continued to evolve over the years. In 1967, Venture Scouting was formed from the
existing Senior Scout and Rover Scout Sections, becoming the first Section to welcome girls into
the membership in 1976. During the late 1990s, it was decided that, in order to meet the changing needs of young people over the age of 14, two new Sections should be created. Venture Scouting was discontinued and Explorer Scouts for 14 to 18-year-olds and the Scout Network for 18 to 25-year-olds, introduced.
There are many types of Explorer Scout Units: some are linked to the local Scout Group, others
may be based around local activity or other centres.
They are encouraged to work with other Explorer Scouts in the District, not just the Unit. This
widens the chance to take part in many more activities, not just those their own Unit organises.
All Explorer Scouts wear a uniform consisting of beige shirt and blue activity trousers, and have a
wide choice of optional items.