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Explorers are young people aged between 14 and 18. The Explorer Unit is the fourth section of the Scout Movement following on from Scouts and leading to Network.

Meeting nights, times and locations vary with each unit. Please contact your Unit Leader or look at the District Groups section of the website for more info.

Explorers can gain a wide range of badges and awards (see below), particularly activity badges. These can range from canoeing and mountain biking to street sports and even public relations.

A unique part of being an Explorer Scout is the chance to become a Young Leader in the Beaver, Cub and Scout Sections. This gives Explorers the chance to:

  • gain the knowledge, skills and confidence required to become an effective Leader
  • further their own personal development
  • work towards other Awards for example The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  • acquire the skills that are needed for the Scouts Adult Training Scheme
  • and above all, have fun!

Find more info about being a Young Leader here

Keep up to date with Explorers in the district by joining the Facebook group Falkirk District Explorers + Young Leaders

Find out more about Explorers in the 'related documents' section on this page or at the UK Scouts website

For any matters that your Unit Leader can't help with please contact the District Explorer Scout Commissioner here

Top Awards

There are 3 top awards in Scouting for Explorer Members:

 - Explorer Belt

 - Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

 - Queen's Scout Award 

See below for more info on how to achieve these top awards. It is expected these are completed towards the end of your time in Explorers (or into Network) and are for age 16-25. During your time in Explorers you can also achieve the Bronze and Silver DofE and the Chief Scout's Platinum and Diamond Awards which lead onto the Gold DofE and Queen's Scout. There are a number of other badges including the activity and staged activity badges for Explorers and the Zodiac Awards. Any questions or issues around completing these please contact your unit leader or ADC Youth Involvement here 

The Explorer Belt is the international challenge of a lifetime. Assemble a team, plan your 10 day expedition, choose your project and challenges and up skill on those competencies. Find out more here. Please note you must register your intention to complete the award here before starting. Have a look in the Explorer Belt - Reach Out and Explore document in the 'related documents' section.

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The Queen's Scout award comprises of a variety of activities to complete and is linked closely to the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award and it is worth working on the two awards together. For more info on DofE click here. More info on the QSA click here. Take a look at the logbook and completion form which needs to be completed and then signed by the District Explorer Scout Commissioner or District Commissioner here

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