‘Last week we were at Jamboree, next week I’m flying a Micro-Light. I’ve been in the Movement since I was a Beaver and I still love it!’

Whether you are new to Scouting or have been a Member for many years, the Explorer Scout Section will be unlike anything you have experienced before. You are now a senior Member of the largest youth Movement in the world. Over 28 million people like you have taken the Scout Promise and are currently enjoying Scouting.


The opportunities available to you as an Explorer Scout are limitless. Grab these opportunities while you can!


Explorer Scouts are young people, usually aged between 14 and 18 years old. They make up the fourth Section of the Scouting family.

Not all Units meet each week, because you will often be out and about at weekends or in the holidays doing activities. 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.

As an Explorer Scout, you will get the chance to work with other Explorer Scouts in your District, not just your Unit. By doing this, you will get the chance to do many more activities, not just the ones your Unit organises.


You may already be one! Explorer Scouts are usually aged between 14 and 18. It is possible, however, to join at 13 1/2 and leave at 18 1/2. Why is this? The flexibility at both ends of the age range allows you to join and leave when it suits you. You may want to join Explorer Scouts at the same time as your friends or you may wish to join at the start of the school year. If you are already a Scout, you may wish to join when you have finished a particular badge or activity. Likewise, you can move on to the Scout Network between the ages of 17 1/2 and 18 1/2, with your friends or when you complete certain activities or awards as an Explorer Scout.


By joining The Scout Association, you will be joining in with a world of fun and adventure. You will make new friends, go to new places, and learn new games and skills. You may even have opportunities to travel to foreign countries. Scouting will help you to enjoy the world, and get more out of life.

For more information about Explorer Scouts, please contact any of the Unit Leaders or Commissioners.


There are 4 operating in Thanet to make up one large District unit. Each unit meet on different evenings and have varied programmes to offer you. You can see each unit in the brochure to find out more of what they offer! (use the links on the left to view or print the Explorer Scout Brochure) The unit leaders details are within this brochure so you can contact us direct on where you might like to get involved or you can email us direct from our Group pages on this website.

Thank you to David McIntyre for the page content and the Explorer Scout Brochures.

Explorer Scout Uniform

Explorer Unit Brochure

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