The Explorer section caters for young people aged 14–18 years. There are over 900 Explorers in Berkshire enjoying their Scouting across approximately 50 Explorer Units. There are a variety of activities and challenges required to gain their Chief Scout’s Platinum and Chief Scout’s Diamond Awards as well as the King’s Scout Award.


Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members took part in Jamboree in the Mountains in the Alps during the summer of 2022. The activity allowed participants to take part in a wide range of mountain and water-based activities as well as local cultural activities.

See Alps22 for some amazing photographs of the activities.

County support

The Programme Team provides support to Districts and Units, helping them to deliver quality programmes. We are always happy to help with any questions, queries, or practical support that you might need.

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The Explorer section

With the support, direction and guidance of Unit leaders, Explorers are encouraged to lead themselves, design their own programme and work towards the top awards that Scouting offers. With exciting prospects like being a part of camps and expeditions both home and abroad; adventurous activities such as mountaineering, parascending and off-shore sailing; Explorers offers fun and adventure for all.

Explorers also have the opportunity to be a part of the Explorer Young Leaders’ Scheme which develops their leadership skills and sense of responsibility, by helping to run meetings for younger sections.

A group of Explorers is called a Unit and is part of the District’s provision of Scouting.  An Explorer Unit and a Scout Group may work together under a Partnership agreement, which should set out clearly the links between the Unit and the Group, arrangements for communication, use of equipment, facilities and resources.

Explode 2019 

Visit the Explode 2019 web page to see a pictorial report of this successful Explorer Scout event.

Latest Explorers news

How to get involved

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