Explorer Scouts take part in a variety of activities. They may be aiming for their Duke of Edinburgh award as well as a number of scout awards culminating in the Queen’s Scout Award. The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest award in Scouting. Those who achieve it are invited to a St George Parade at Windsor, where the Chief Scout and usually a member of the Royal family review the parade in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle.

There is a wide range of badges and awards available to young people in the Explorer Section.

Activity badges

Many of the badges available are activity badges, which represent the pinnacle of achievement in a particular field. Whether their interests lie in Hill Walking or Performing Arts, Aviation or Public Relations, Explorers are rewarded both for developing existing strengths and undertaking new ventures.

Additional badges and awards

In addition, there are a number of extra badges and awards, obtained by taking part in particular challenges or schemes.

Core badges

There are a number of core badges, obtained upon joining or moving on from the Unit, or for time spent in the Scouting movement.

Whilst being active in their units, Explorers have the opportunity to help in other sections. We have a scheme for Young Leader Training, click on the badge below for more details:-

Young Leaders Award Scheme
For more details of the requirements for each award, click on the award name or badge below:-

Chief Scouts Platinum Award

Chief Scouts Diamond Award

Queen Scout Award

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme

The scheme runs alongside and complements all the explorer badges.

Explorer Belt

The Explorer Belt is the challenge of a lifetime, open to Explorer Scouts aged 16 and over and members of the Scout Network.

It is a chance to take part in a ten-day expedition that brings a real understanding of a different country, its people and way of life.

To complete the Explorer Belt Award, an Explorer Scout or Scout Network member must:

  • be over 16 years old
  • be a member of either Explorer Scouts or the Scout Network
  • plan and train for an international expedition as part of a small team
  • travel to another country and travel through that country over ten days
  • complete a self selected major project
  • complete about ten smaller projects
  • keep a notebook or diary during the expedition
  • take part in a debriefing after the expedition
  • present a presentation about the expedition