To gain this award the following requirements must be completed:
- Be a member of Explorer Scouts for at least six months.
- Complete six nights away as an Explorer Scout of which four must be camping. Nights away must be different from any other nights away used in the other sections of this award.
- Complete two activities from the International, Community and Values list. The two activities should come from different areas.
- Hold the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, or complete the four Platinum Scout Challenges, which are:
- take up a skill for three months, and show progress and lasting interest. The skill can be an existing interest or something entirely new
- take up a physical activity for three months, completing an agreed programme of taking part and achievement
- provide service to an individual or the community for three months. Briefing and training should be given in order to gain the necessary skills. This can include helping with another section as a Young Leader
- complete a two day and one night expedition in rural country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy. The expedition should involve careful preparation, training, responsibility and review
Members must undertake an extra three months in any of the skills, physical recreation or service challenges.
Guidance: Reach the Top
The refreshed Reach the Top guide also now offers support for members who are working towards their Chief Scout’s Platinum and Chief Scout’s Diamond Award. This has information for Explorer Scouts, leaders and Commissioners in one place.
Download the Reach the Top guide for Explorer Scouts, Scout Network members, Leaders and Commissioners.
A logbook is also now available to help Explorer Scouts track the activities they have completed towards the award. It can be found here.
Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities. For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility.