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 Queen’s Scout Award.

Berkshire Scouts @home challenge

Challenges to complete whilst Scouting at home

The ‘Berkshire Scouts @home challenge’ is open to all members of Scouting in Berkshire. The challenge can be completed as a section, as a Group, or by individual members, but the main aim is to have fun and give leaders some new ideas to try.

Click here for the Explorer Scouts @home challenge.


Berkshire Scouts are planning an international activity expedition to the Alps in the summer of 2022. (The expedition originally planned for 2021 has been deferred by a year as a result of our decision to postpone WINGS). This expedition will allow Explorers Scouts and Network members to take part in a range of mountain and water-based activities that they may have never done before or not done at this level!

Further information will be coming out soon. Visit the Alps22 web page to keep in touch with this exciting event.

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.

For further information or enquiries:
Contact Programme Team

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

Register interest in volunteering or join our youth programme