Since our first expedition in 1932, over 11,000
Members have participated on expeditions with us

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As a community, you are a diverse, global network that spans generations and each of you are champions of what it means to be a
British Exploring Society Member.

We love hearing from you about your journey following on from expedition. Stay in touch with us by ensuring your contact details are up to date and use our Member discount codes to help kit out your next adventure. If you have any photos, anecdotes or future plans you’d like to share with your fellow Members, send them in and they may feature in the next edition of our Members magazine, The Campfire.

Are you one of our newer Members? The challenges and personal development experienced when taking part in one of our programmes will continue to influence you long after you return home from expedition. To help you make the most of what you’ve learned, we’ve compiled some handy information on how to articulate the skills you gained on expedition to prospective employers, universities and schools.

Whether you went on expedition last year or six decades ago, as a life-long Member of British Exploring Society you are always welcome to get involved and support the work we do – our community Connects, Celebrates and Contributes.

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Learn how to articulate your experiences and personal development during your expedition to prospective employers, universities and schools.

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Changes to Membership

Accessibility is an important part of who we are as a charity. Following changes to our governing documents in 2017, we made the decision to remove Membership fees.

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Following changes to our governing documents in 2017, we made the decision to remove Membership fees and to give access to our Members magazine and newsletter, and to our discounts at outdoor clothing suppliers to all Members without charge. We wanted Membership of British Exploring Society to be more inclusive, in line with our beliefs and those of our Members, which is why we moved away from the traditional ‘pay to play’ model. Now, every Young Explorer, Trainee Leader or Leader who participated on an expedition with a sufficient degree of engagement and commitment (in recent history or the past) is awarded Membership, making them lifelong Members of British Exploring Society. Many of you have made the decision to continue making a regular donation to us in support of our work. Thank you. You are helping us to build stronger futures when the need is greater than ever before. If you would like to find out more about what a regular donation can help us to achieve, please email or visit our donate page. Thank you.


The Campfire is your magazine, created with content from and celebrating you, our Members. It is a platform for you to share stories from your adventures – past, present and future – and stay up to date with what’s happening.

Click here to read the Summer 2021 Edition.

If you’re not receiving The Campfire or would like to contribute your stories and experiences to it, please send an email to

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British Exploring Society contributors who have sadly passed away.