Explorers Badges & Awards

Even though the emphasis is on a Balanced Programme of activities, there are still badges and awards for Explorer Scouts to aim for during their time with the Unit. Badges and awards are given in recognition of the effort made by each young person at their own level. There is a wide range of awards and badges to appeal to all Explorer Scouts, whatever sort of Unit they are in. Awards are important as they offer challenge, achievement and recognition for young people.

The Membership Award
This Award helps the young person understand the commitment they are making when they make the promise and become a Member of the Movement, if they have not been a Scout. It covers the history, traditions and practices of Scouting.

Participation Awards
The Participation Awards recognise a commitment to Scouting. They celebrate Scouts participating in a Balanced Programme over a period of time. They are awarded on the anniversary of the young person joining Scouting.

Top Award
The top awards for Explorer Scouts are the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award, the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award and the Queen’s Scout Award. All three are linked to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards (Bronze, Silver and Gold respectively)

The Awards are made up of four challenges:


Physical Recreatio

Community Service


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For the Queen’s Scout Award and the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award there is also the requirement to complete a five-day residential experience.

The Queen’s Scout Award is The Scout Association’s top award. The Chief Scout presents Queen Scout Award Certificates at a National Presentation on a regular basis. Queen’s Scouts are also invited to the annual National Scout Service and Parade at Windsor Castle held in April each year. All those who have achieved the Award in the last year, plus their guests, are invited to attend.

Activity Badges

There are 28 Activity Badges available to Explorer Scouts. These build on the requirements of the Activity Badges in the Scout Section and lead towards the requirements for National Governing Body Awards. They range from Lifesaver to Mountain Activities and Snowboarding.

Staged Activity Badges
In addition to the Explorer Scout Activity Badges, there are six Activity Badges staged across the all Sections. These give a young person the opportunity to develop an area of interest throughout their time in Scouting from 6–18. These are:

Emergency Aid

Hikes Away

Information Technology


Nights Away


Partnership Awards

Partnership Awards are designed to encourage Sections to work together, and for Explorer Scouts to work with other organisations in their community. There are three Partnership Awards:

The International Friendship Award

The Environment Award

The Faith Award

The Moving-On Award

This badge helps ease the transfer of Explorer Scouts to the Scout Network. It also allows the Explorer Scout to be invested into the Network immediately, recognising that they are already Members of the Scout Movement.

The Explorer Belt
The Explorer Belt is a challenge of a lifetime available to Explorer Scouts over the age of 16 and to the Scout Network. It is the opportunity to undertake an expedition in another country over ten days that brings a real understanding of a different country, its people and their way of life.

Explorer Scouting Outdoors
Scouting has a reputation as an outdoor organisation based on strong traditions of camping and other outdoor pursuits. Explorer Scouts will have the opportunity to camp and go away on expeditions that will challenge and test them. This is an essential part of Explorer Scouting and a good opportunity for them to organise activities and stretch their limits.

As Scouts young people have the opportunity to develop their skills in many areas including decision making. Explorer Scouts provides opportunities for young people to decide what they want to do and what they want to get out of Scouting. The opportunities will be there for them to take part in a wide range of activities and to gain a variety of skills and knowledge. They will get to learn more about themselves by not only taking responsibility for themselves, but for others as well.

Explorers on-line
Explorer Scouts have their own pages on The Scout Association’s website where they can find out lots of useful information, enter competitions and connect with other Explorers on social networking sites! Find out more at: