Explorer Scouts

Explorers are young people, usually aged between 14 and 18 years old. They make up the fourth section of the Scouting family after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

Structure and meetings

A group of Explorers is called a Unit.

Not all Units meet every week, partly due to activities, holidays, exams and the other commitments that crop up in a teenager's life, and also because Explorers tend to get out and about at weekends more often than other sections.


Explorers often get the chance to work with other Explorers in their District, not just their own Unit, so can take part in an even wider spectrum of activities.

There is also a range of ambitious badges and awards, through which Explorers can demonstrate their proficiencies and expand their interests.


News & Blogs

Do you know a volunteer worth celebrating?
03/02/2020 By Mark Hassall

Scouting is full of wonderful volunteers - both young people and adults - in fact we wouldn't exist without them!

So if you think you know a volunteer who needs an extra pat on the back, why not nominate them for a Central Bedfordshire Council "Cheering Volunteering Award".  

Nominations are open until 12pm on 20th April.

More details can be found at:


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New Explorer Commissioner
12/10/2019 By Mark Hassall

I’m pleased to announce that Anita Lawford has been appointed to the role of District Explorer Scout Commissioner (DESC) for Ampthill & Woburn Scouts.

Anita has previous been an Explorer Leader with Aurora ESU based in Aspley Guise and brings a wealth of experience working with the Explorer Section.  She is taking on the DESC role in addition to her existing role of District Scout Network Commissioner, bringing together responsibility for the District’s 14 – 25 year old provisions.

Anita can be contacted via the "Meet the Team" page of our wesite.

I’d like to thanks Clover Heather for her excellent work as our outgoing DESC and wish her all the best for the future.  Clover is continuing to provide some support to Explorers for the immediate future as she progresses her plans to move to pastures new.

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