About Us

We deliver exceptional learning through exploration with life-defining impact to an increasing number and diversity of young people.

Find your fire

We want all young people to have equal access to challenging learning and adventure in wild, remote locations as essential preparation for a confident adult life.

Who are we?

British Exploring Society is a world class youth development charity with a unique heritage, founded on the belief that challenging experiences can transform lives, empowering and equipping young people with the courage, skills, resilience and determination to make the most of their future.

The vast majority of young people return with increased self-belief, a dynamic peer group and the determination and ability to make the most of their future, regardless of where they started out.

Visit our Impact page to see just how successful we are at unlocking young people’s potential.

Our Impact

Advance and Ascend

Advance and Ascend is a summary of our 5-year strategy from 2016 to 2022. The plan retains our total commitment to our founding idea; to provide exciting, challenging, life-changing expeditions in wild and remote overseas locations for young people.

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.

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Firm Footing

Since 2016 we have achieved a great deal. Advance and Ascend still provides a good strategic framework for us. Over three years into our plan, we still aim to be working with 1000 young people each year within the next decade.

We are ready for further change, to grow, to reach more young people, and to challenge ourselves as an organisation. We’re calling this refinement of Advance and Ascend Firm Footing. Firm Footing will steer our priorities until 2022.

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Our Impact Report

“We used to publish an Annual Review. We’re calling it an Impact Report now, because we want to emphasise why we do what we do and how we go about it in order to make a real and tangible difference in young people’s lives. We try to convey the impact that we have through the words of individual Young Explorers and Leaders as well as through collecting data.” Honor Wilson-Fletcher MBE, CEO

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Wow! What an expedition. This has undoubtedly been the best 5 weeks of my life… summiting peaks, listening to the Dali Lama and going on glaciers. I have found all the Science really interesting and have learnt so much about the world and myself. I would recommend this to all young people as it really has been amazing.

Katherine - Himalaya Explorer

The expedition has been a life changing adventure that I definitely didn't expect, with some incredible memories and some amazing people that won’t ever be forgotten.

Harriet - Himalaya Explorer

I loved every minute of what was a life changing experience with some amazing people. I feel I learnt valuable skills and am now in a position to go on to do an awful lot more than I would otherwise have been able to.

Isaac - Himalaya Explorer

‘Five weeks in the Zara Valley has been an experience of a lifetime. Trekking to the highest peaks, battling altitude, the crisp ice as we scaled the glaciers… What an incredible adventure. I am not only taking away memories, I am taking home a wider appreciation for the environment.’ Jennie, Himalaya 2017

Jennie - Himalaya Explorer

It’s been life changing. This has been the first programme I've gone on that's worked for me and has really impacted me. I’d describe myself before expedition as a shy and nervous kind of person who worries a lot, but after finishing the expedition I've really changed and I now feel confident in myself and my ability to push my limits.

Young Explorer

As we left the jungle, I realised what an experience I had just had. The bus journey was the first time in 3 weeks where I had been able to completely stop and reflect on my experience. I am certainly more willing to try new things and feel more confident in myself as a person.

William - Amazon Explorer