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Explorer Scouts are the fourth section of the Scouting family with a core age of 14-18 years.

A Group of Explorers is known as a Unit and they are different to the younger sections as Explorer Units operate at a District, rather than a Group level.

With the support, direction and guidance of Unit leaders, Explorer Scouts are encouraged to lead themselves, design their own programme and work towards the top awards that Scouting offers. With exciting prospects like being a part of camps and expeditions at both home and abroad; adventurous activities such as mountaineering, caving and off shore sailing; Explorers offers fun and adventure for all.

The Chief Scout's Platinum and Diamond Awards and the Queen's Scout Award are the highest awards available to Explorer Scouts and build on skills and achievements that many will have previously achieved through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Explorers also have the opportunity to be a part of The Young Leaders’ Scheme which develops their leadership skills and sense of responsibility by being part of the leadership team for a younger section.

There are a number of Explorer Units in the Brentwood area, including a "Junior Crew" unit at Thriftwood, and regular opportuinites for older Scouts to join in with Explorer Activities.

Once they reach the age of 13, Scouts will have plenty of time to talk with the Leaders about the opportunities available to them when they reach the end of their time in the Scout Troop.