For boys and girls aged 14 to 18

Explorers are responsible for developing and running their own programmes – anything from outward bound in the Ardennes to helping a local charity. All activities are planned with the help and guidance of a trained leader, but the emphasis is on independence and self-reliance. The section also includes the Young Leaders’ Scheme, where young people can take on a leadership role in one of the younger sections. There is wider scope for activities like offshore sailing, campaigning, performing, parascending, mountaineering and expeditions.


The Scout Promise

(for Scouts, Explorer Scouts, the Scout Network and adults)
On my honour,
I promise that I will do my best
to do my duty to God and to The Queen, to help other people
and to keep the Scout Law.


The Scout Law

  • A Scout is to be trusted
  • A Scout is loyal
  • A Scout is friendly and considerate
  • A Scout belongs to the world-wide family of Scouts
  • A Scout has courage in all difficulties
  • A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property
  • A Scout has self-respect and respect for others

Note: Scouting is open to people of all faiths and of none, and must therefore take account of the different religious obligations of its Members while upholding the essential spirit of the Promise. Where some other form of wording is required for a member of a particular faith or religion, advice will be sought from the Group Scout Leader.

Similarly, it is accepted that foreign residents who may become Members of the Association owe allegiance to their own country. To meet these circumstances the phrase ‘duty to The Queen’ should be replaced by the phrase ‘duty to the country in which I am now living’.