The Explorer Section is for young people aged 14 to 18 years old and they make up the fourth section of the Scouting family after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

Explorers are encouraged to lead themselves in deciding the programme and direction of the Unit, with support and guidance from leaders. The section also includes the Young Leaders’ Scheme, where young people are able to take on a leadership role in one of the younger sections.


Explorers are usually invested into the Unit after four to six weeks. When they are invested, they make their Promise and say the Law and can then proudly wear the scarlet necker of their partner-Group, 52nd Reading. They are also awarded the World Membership Badge, The Royal County of Berkshire, Reading Central District and Rockhoppers Explorer Unit badges.


The Explorer Promise 

On my honour,

I promise that I will do my best

To do my duty to God and to the Queen

To help other people

And to keep the Cubs Scout Law

(Alternative versions are available for Explorers of other/no faiths)

The Explorer Law

  1. A Scout is to be trusted.

  2. A Scout is loyal.

  3. A Scout is friendly and considerate.

  4. A Scout belongs to the world-wide family of Scouts.

  5. A Scout has courage in all difficulties.

  6. A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.

  7. A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.


The Explorer Motto

Be Prepared


The Explorer Uniform Layout (click picture)



We serve South Reading and if you want to find out more about joining our Explorer Unit, please use the Contact Us form.