What is an Explorer Belt expedition?

An Explorer Belt expedition is the challenge of a lifetime. It is a chance to take part in a ten-day adventure which brings you a true understanding of a country, its culture and way of life. You will travel through Bulgaria, working as part of a small team to complete a series of projects and most importantly by meeting local people.


Who can take part?

You should be aged 16 to 24 and a member of the Scout Association. You will be in teams of three or more and you can apply as a group or if you’re on your own we will team you up.


When do we go?

Saturday 3rd August 2024 to Saturday 17th August 2024. We will arrive in Sofia where you will have a day and half to get acclimatised and prepare for your expedition. The next ten days are up to you! You will plan your own route, travelling across the country to complete one main project and several smaller projects as you go. At the end of the expedition the teams will reunite in Sofia, where there will be several surprises planned for you to celebrate completing the Explorer Belt Expedition!


How much does it cost?

£995, a £50 non-refundable deposit will secure your place. Following this you will pay four payments. The first three will be £250 due at the beginning of November 2023, February 2024 and April 2024. The final payment of £195 will be due at the beginning of June 2024.


What is included?

The price covers a training camp in the UK, flights to Sofia from a London airport, insurance, your daily travel, food and accommodation allowance whilst on the expedition, activities at the end of the expedition, an expedition neckerchief.


When and where is the training camp?

The camp will take place over the weekend 8th September to 10th September 2023 at Gilwell Park, Waltham Abbey, London, E4 7QW.


How do I sign up?

Complete the participant registration form here:

We will send you details on how to pay the deposit once you complete the form.


You will also need to inform the scout association about your intent to complete the award.

You can do this here: Register your intention to complete the award. 


Any further queries please email [email protected]


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