Explorers is the final youth section in the Scouting family for young people aged between 14-18. Knights Explorer Unit is one of 5 Units in the Mid Sussex Scouts District and meet at Hurstpierpoint Scout HQ on a Monday evening.
What Do Explorers Do?
Explorers do a wide range of things, but by this age range the emphasis has changed to allow them to play a big part in deciding what they want to do as a Unit.
While doing a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities the Explorers take the lead, work together, and embrace new experiences while also having the chance to earn a range of top awards including the Chief Scout Awards, Queens Scout Award and Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
When Explorers turn 18 years old it's not the end of their Scouting journey as they can move onto Network or take out an adult leadership role.
The Chief Scout's Award start with the Platinum Award, followed by the Chief Scout's Diamond Award the final step before the Queen's Scout Award (the highest award available to a Scout).
All of these Awards incorporate skills like camping and hiking while getting involved in International, Community and Value Projects.
Duke of Edinburgh Awards
Knights work with other Units in the district to offer the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) program at all three levels Bronze, Silver and Gold Award. Explorers create their own DofE programme by choosing volunteering, physical and skills activities, going on an expedition and, for their gold only, taking part in a residential activity.
Within Scouting, this links directly to the Chief Scout Platinum, Diamond and Queen’s Scout Awards.