Explorers is for young people between the ages of 14 and 18 years old. With the support, direction and guidance from the Unit leaders, Explorers are encouraged to lead themselves, design their own programme and work towards the top awards that scouting offers, including the Duke of Edinburgh award and Queen Scout award.
Explorers also have the opportunity to be part of the Explorer Scout Young Leader's Scheme to develop their leadership skills and sense of responsibility by helping to run meetings for the younger sections.
The Explorer Scouts Unit meets on a Tuesday evening from 6:45pm – 8:15pm. Explorers wear the same blue Air Scouting shirt with a beret and the HGAS blue Group necker as the scouts. Explorer Scouts are part of West Mercia District scouting and work in partnership with the HGAS Group. The Explorer Leader is Nick Burns, assisted by District Sectional Assistants Julie 'Jid' Saunders and Mark Haynes, and occasionally assisted by James Webb.
Explorers continue the skills learnt from their time as a scout and are encouraged to participate in a wide range of activities, including those at a District level to work with other local Explorer units. They continue to participate in flying activities as part of an active Air Scout group and, at this level, are given the controls to learn to fly a plane.
Consideration is also given to other commitments for this age group, including revision and exams. There are a number of activity badges and ambitious top awards that Explorer Scouts can gain to recognise their achievements.