Explorers are the fourth section of the Scouting movement. Right from the time of Baden-Powell, there have been arrangements for young people who wanted to continue after their time in the Scout Section, and in 1967, Venture Scouts were formed from the existing Senior Scout and Rover Scout Sections.
During the late 1990s we decided that, to meet the changing needs of young people, there should be two sections for the over-14s: Explorer Scouts for 14 to 18-year-olds, and the Scout Network for 18 to 25s.
Young people join Explorers when they are 14 years old and we hope they move on to the Network when they are 18 years old. Most of the activities form part of a badge requirement. This can be a Chief Scout Award badge which forms part of our Balanced Program or an Activity Badge which is of interest to the young Scouts. During the 4 years that they in Explorers they are given the opportunity to complete the Chief Scout Award Badges and be awarded the Chief Scouts Diamond and Platinum Awards crowned by the Queens Scout Award. Completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme forms the basis for the Chief Scout and Queen Scout Awards .
And then there is the Explorer Belt, open to members who are over 16 and the Network Scouts this really is a fantastic challenge.
By now the young people do not want thier parents around but We do still encourage the parents to become involved with the section so they can be part of the development of thier children. Yes we do see a change in them during the time they are with us. It helps with the running of the section if we have a good number of adults helping each week and if the parents move throughs the group with the young people everybody knows each other.