Membership of British Exploring Society is attained by taking part in one of our Expedition programmes. Our community of explorers, which has been growing since we led our first Expedition in 1932, now has over 8000 members and for most, that first wilderness adventure with us was life-defining, and will continue to influence the person they are today.
Together our community of explorers works hard to make sure that the expedition experience we provide is accessible to an ever more diverse range of young people - many of whom would not be able to participate without significant financial support. Our Members are already champions of this drive for accessibility and have made it clear that they want to support future members on their expeditionary journey, and throughout life.
Following changes to our governing documents in 2017, we have made the decision to remove membership fees and to give access to our Members Newsletter and to our discounts at outdoor clothing suppliers to all Members without charge.


As a member of British Exploring Society, we would like to ask you to continue to support us by replacing your fee with a donation to our Explorers Fund. The fund helps support young people leaving care, not in education, and those with physical disabilities who can now experience our programmes alongside a wide range of young people from across the education sector. We continue to support outdoor leaders of the future, too, though our newly upgraded Trainee Leader programme.

By donating as little as £3 a month you can contribute directly to a more positive future for a young person. Click here to make a donation.

Supporting our work

If you have not been on expedition with us, but would like to support the Society, please sign up through our Regular Giving page here. As 90% of schools in this country do not provide any access to outdoor learning experiences, the need is greater than ever, so we would like to ask you to consider helping us to help more young people acquire invaluable life skills to help them throughout their futures.

We depend on the very generous support of our Members, supporters, sponsors and partner organisations. Your donation big or small will enable us to continue to offer life-changing expeditions to our Explorers. 


Páramo Directional Clothing are supporting British Exploring Society as our official kit partner. We are fortunate to be able to offer our Members a significant discount on the whole range of Páramo products. Details of the discount and partnership are available in your membership pack.

Based in Wadhurst, East Sussex, Páramo is one of the UK’s leading manufactures of high performance, durable and comfortable outdoor clothing equipment with strong values in ethical manufacturing and environmental protection. To find out more about Páramo and their range of kit, visit their website, or follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

With your British Exploring Membership you will receive a 20% discount online and in all UK based Cotswold Outdoor, Snow+Rock, Cycle Surgery and Runners Need high street stores.

Members get an extra 10% off* the Discount Card price at GO Outdoors. Shop their wide range of clothing and equipment in over 60 stores nationwide or online at

Aquapac are one of the UK’s leading providers of waterproof gear and kindly offer all British Exploring Members a 30% discount on all their waterproof bags and equipment. Shop at

Water-to-Go bottles filter well in excess of 99.9% of microbiological contaminants through a 3-in-1 Filter, providing safe healthy drinking water anywhere in the world. Members receive a 30% discount online.

Nomad Travel are one of the leading providers of travel health services in the UK. British Exploring Society Members receive 15% off all non sale items in store and online and 10% off the clinic.

For over 40 years Cicerone has established a reputation as a leading publisher of guidebooks. Our Members receive a generous discount of 25%. Shop online at