Who we are
British Exploring Society was founded as a charity in 1932 in a period of severe austerity. 80 plus years later we continue to create bespoke expeditions to wild and remote overseas locations in order to challenge and positively transform the expectations and future lives of young people.
Our explorers return from expeditions with an enduring love of the outdoors, the mental toughness to succeed in life and the appetite to take control of their lives.
The profile of our explorers includes young people from communities with around double the national average for joblessness and other key indicators of economic deprivation who face multiple personal, emotional and social challenges as well as those with high expectations of personal and professional success.
Our aim is for our work to be transformational for everyone who participates. We believe, and the evidence we collect confirms, that our intensive investment in young people benefits both the individual and society over many years.