Explorer Scouts are young people aged between 14 and 18.

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

In Scotland, Explorer Scout Units are based at District level. Some Units may be linked to a local Scout Group, while others may be based around different activities, for example a Gang Show.

Not all Explorer Scout Units meet every week, although many will take part in activities at weekend. Explorer Scout Units will often link up with other Units from their District to take part in a whole range of activities.

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:

In Scotland, Explorer Scouts can also achieve the Zodiac Plus Award. Similar to the Zodiac Award in the Scout Section, this gives Explorers the opportunity to experience more outdoor camping as well as some fun challenges

Young people can stay in the Explorer Scout Section until the age of 18 before moving on to the Scout Network.