The Explorer Belt is the challenge of a lifetime. It is a chance to take part in a ten day expedition that brings you to a real understanding of a different country, its culture, and way of life. You will develop this understanding by travelling through your chosen country, working as part of a small team to complete a series of projects and most importantly, by meeting local people.
To begin the Queen’s Scout Award you must have first registered for it. You can register by completing the Queen’s Scout Award Registration with the UK Programme Team at Scout headquarters at https://bephoenix.org.uk/explorer-belt-registration.
To undertake the Queen’s Scout Award, you must be an Explorer Scout over the age of 16 years, a Scout Network member, or a member of the Girlguiding Senior Section aged 16 years or more.
You must undertake an expedition, as part of a team *, outside of the UK, with a minimum travelling time of 50 hours, for at least ten days. You must travel by foot, bicycle, horse, canoe, boat, or dinghy.
If you are aged 16 to 18 years, you may only participate in an organised expedition supported by a leader within your chosen country. If you are over the age of 18 years, your expedition may be self-led.
The use of public transport where opportunities to meet local people would otherwise be missed.
* The minimum number of young people per team is three where at least two of them must actually complete the expedition.
To prepare for the expedition, you must demonstrate competence in the following areas:
- Navigation skills
- Expedition skills
- Lightweight camping
- Acceptable home hospitality
- Proficiency in modes of travel
- First Aid (First Response as a minimum)
You must agree the budget before the expedition and record all spending throughout the trip.
You must keep a logbook of the expedition which records the places that you visit, the route taken, project work undertaken, and personal thoughts and reflections.
You must complete one major project as selected by the team which will be undertaken throughout the duration of the expedition.
You must complete at least ten minor projects which may be chosen by the expedition team, the leadership team, your peers, or a combination of these.
You must take part in a debrief of the expedition with your mentor and your leadership team. This should ideally be within 24 hours of the 10th day of the expedition or within 24 hours of your return to the UK.
You should make a presentation including all aspects of your award to the assessment panel and other invited guests. This should highlight your experiences and your achievements.
Your expedition, project work, and your presentation will be assessed by an assessment panel including your mentor. This is to determine whether you have successfully achieved the requirements for the Explorer Belt. Final sign off for the award is the responsibility of a County Commissioner.