Explorer Scouts are aged between fourteen and eighteen years old.

They make up the fourth section of the Scouting family and this is a Croydon District provision where they get the chance to meet other Explorers and share activities in differing units as part of Croydon Explorers. The Units have a high degree of interaction and joint activities and meetings.

Explorers are encouraged to plan their own activities and lead themselves in deciding their programme, with support and guidance from their leaders.

There will be times when you will be busy doing other things such as exams, and being an Explorer Scout will have to fit around these.

Explorer units run an exciting and challenging programme of events often away from their headquarters, where camping and trips out feature heavily.

Explorers are encouraged to take part in Scouting top awards and the Duke of Edinburgh’s award which often run in parallel in most units. Unlike the schools, Scouting is able to support the DoE award through Bronze, Silver and Gold.

 Many Explorers are Young Leaders with their group providing service to the younger section and attend a Unit with their peers, forming lifelong friendships lasting all their lives. More details about the Young Leader scheme is here https://www.croydonscouting.org.uk/what-we-do/young-leaders 

Explorers often form service teams for other sections camps.

You can find where Explorers meet here https://www.croydonscouting.org.uk/who-are-we/explorer-units

Top awards:


Platinum Award

The Chief Scout’s Platinum Award is the culmination of everything you do as a young person in Scouts. It’s a chance to celebrate your progress, and take stock of how far you’ve come.


Chief Scouts Diamond Award 

The Chief Scout’s Diamond Award is the highest of the Chief Scout’s Awards, and the final step before the Queen’s Scout Award.


Queens Scout Award 

The Queen’s Scout Award is the top achievement for Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members and comprises of a variety of activities to complete.


The Explorer Belt

The Explorer Belt is a challenge of a lifetime. It is a chance to take part in a ten day expedition that brings you a real understanding of a different country, its culture and way of life. You will develop this understanding by travelling through your chosen country, working as part of a small team to complete a series of projects and most importantly by meeting local people. It is an experience and an achievement that you will remember for the rest of your life.

Duke of Edinburgh’s award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14-24. Doing their DofE gives young people the opportunity to experience new activities or develop existing skills.



Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls