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‘Scouting is about activities, friendship and meeting people from other countries. I’ve been in the Movement since I was a Beaver and I still love it!’

Corinne, Explorer Scout

Explorer Scouts are 14-18 years old and belong to an Explorer Scout Unit. Training and activities depend on the interests of individual Unit members. The Explorer Scout Unit is primarily leader led, but with as much participation in decision making by young people as possible.

Units are encouraged to organise their structure in the way that best suits their local situation. Explorer Scouts are organised on a Scout District basis and there could be one or more Units in a town. There is wider scope for activities like offshore sailing, campaigning, parascending, mountaineering and canoe expeditions.


Explorer Scouts wear a beige shirt or blouse with a Unit scarf.

Young Leaders

In addition to being Explorer Scouts once a Scout reaches 14 years old they can offer their support to Scouting by becoming a Young Leader within another section. Young Leaders assist the Adult Volunteers with the planning and running of both regular group meetings as well as external events such as camps and competitions.

Young Leaders have their own scheme of training, with recognition badges, after which they can earn their Young Leader Belt. If at 18 years old they decide to stay with Scouts as Adult Volunteers the training they receive as a Young Leader counts towards their Adult Training needs.

Sutton Coldfield West District Explorers

The Sutton Coldfield West Explorer Unit is called Discovery and have meetings on several evenings during the week. If you are interested in getting in contact with Explorers use the ‘Contact Us’ link above.