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Explorer Belt – Luxembourg 2021

Between: 23rd July 2021 - 5th August 2021 Location: Luxembourg Sections: Explorer Scouts, Scout Network Event Organiser: Chris Dean




23rd July– 5th August 2021

The Explorer Belt is the challenge of a lifetime

It’s a 10-day expedition with a big difference.  It will bring you a real understanding of our closest European neighbours, their cultures and way of life. The Explorer Belt is one of UK Scouting’s Top Awards.

Luxembourg is the focus of the expedition with travel through Belgium and Germany

You’ll travel through Luxembourg and its neighbouring countries as a team of 3 to 5 Explorers or Network members. You’ll meet local people and complete a series of projects. During your expedition, you’ll select your own route and travel about 150 km on foot. After your expedition you’ll make a presentation to gain your Explorer Belt.

Previous expedition members have said the Explorer Belt is the best thing they did as part of Scouts.

Explore the sections below for more information, to register and for the key dates.

The expedition will be run in line with the Scouts’ safety policy and rules and Covid Code.  It is being organised by Greater London South West Scout County in partnership with Surrey Scout County.

Download the poster Explorer Belt Luxembourg poster


Explorer Belt Information

To take part you need to be an Explorer Scout aged 16 or over before the start of the expedition or a Scout Network member.

You’ll need to have hiking and lightweight camping experience equivalent to Chief Scout’s Diamond / Silver DofE award level along with experience of completing an expedition at that level.

You’ll need to attend the training weekend on November 14th and 15th, which will be held in south west London or Surrey. You will also need to be available for the weekend of February 6th and 7th 2021.

Start Your Journey by Registering for the Information afternoon

If you’re interested, let your Explorer Leader or Network know and email your Leader and with your name and the name of your Explorer Scout Unit or Network.  We’ll then send you details of the Explorer Belt information afternoon on Saturday 26th September. You can email as an individual or as a team.

You must register by midnight on 31st October 2020 to attend the training weekend.

Explorer Belt Payments

  • The expedition will cost about £650.
  • The training weekend will cost £30.

We will ask for payment for the training weekend when you register for the training weekend.

We will ask for payment for the expedition in three amounts.

We expect the first of these to be £250 when you apply for a place on the expedition which will be immediately after the training weekend in November.

The second payment is expected to be £200 due by end January 2021.

The third payment will be the balance of the expedition cost due by end March 2021.

Key dates

There are four key dates to note:

26th September 2020 2PM – Information afternoon.  This will be hosted via Zoom.

31st October 2020 at midnight – Registration cut-off date for the training weekend.

14th – 15th November 2020 – Training weekend.  Essential to attend.

6th – 7th February 2021 – Reserve training weekend.  Essential to attend.

Organisation, Safety and Covid

The Explorer Belt is being organised by Greater London South West Scout County in partnership with Surrey Scout County.

Greater London South West is the lead county and is responsible for the governance and approval of the Explorer Belt training weekend, expedition and activities.

The Explorer Belt will be run in line with the Scouts’ safety policy and rules and Covid Code.

Covid-19  The Explorer Belt Leader team are closely monitoring the impact of Covid-19 in line with the Scouts’ Framework for returning to face to face activities. The September 26th information afternoon will be run remotely and hosted via Zoom.  We will discuss the uncertainties created by Covid-19, how we propose to address them, and the arrangements for the November training weekend during the information afternoon.

Explorer Belt Team

The expedition will be led by an experienced team of leaders who have run six successful Explorer Belts in the last 12 years including to Luxembourg.

The leader team will be in-country during the expedition. They will supervise you on a remote basis.  They will be able to assist you if needed.

Chris Dean Chris Dean

Explorer Belt Leader (Greater London South West Scouts)

Chris has been a member of the GLSW In-Country Team on six Explorer Belt Expeditions over a period of 16 years – to Lithuania, Italy, France, Sweden, Luxembourg, and Galicia ( NW Spain), and the Leader on the last two. More than 150 Scouts from England, Wales and Northern Ireland have participated in this adventure of a lifetime.

Chris says, “the Explorer Belt really allows participants to get under the skin of a country and is the perfect antidote to the package holiday.”

Currently, Chris is Deputy County Commissioner for Programme in Greater London South West and Leader of the 2021 Explorer Belt. He is also an Explorer Scout Leader and acting Scout Leader in Croydon.

Josh Goodwin Josh Goodwin

Explorer Belt Leader (Surrey Scouts)

Josh is a Group Scout Leader in Surrey and has been a leader on many camps and expeditions including Explorer expeditions to Wales, Dartmoor, the North Pennines and to Kandersteg.

Josh says, “the Explorer Belt is different from the other Top Awards in Scouting. Participants engage with the residents of the area they are visiting and they find out a lot about themselves as well as about the people and places they visit”.

Josh is a former submariner, a keen sailor and hill-walker, and the main Surrey Leader for the 2021 Explorer Belt.

Andrew Carvell

Assistant County Commissioner (Explorers) Surrey Scouts

Andrew is a hill-walker, mountaineer and canoeist, who’s led expeditions for young people to Scotland, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland among others.  Andrew is Assistant County Commissioner for Explorers in Surrey.  He’s supporting Chris and Josh to organise the 2021 Explorer Belt expedition.


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Further information about the Explorer Belt

You can find further information about the Explorer Belt on the Scouts website at including the Reach Out and Explore guide to completing the Explorer Belt.


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