The Explorer Belt or the Explorer Belt Expedition (EB, EBE or EBX) is an internationally widespread form of work of the ranger and rover level in the European scout movement, developed in 1958 .
The aim is to get to know a foreign culture from your own point of view through a self-organized expedition abroad in small groups and to explore your own limits. In their shape, the Explorer Belt Expedition strongly reminiscent of the of the youth movement coming trip , but a special emphasis on encounters with the local population and exploring the cultural contexts is placed.
Before the expedition, the participants usually determine their route and the focus of their exploration on several preparation weekends. The actual part of the expedition, which normally includes at least ten days of walking, is followed by an evaluation of the EBE, usually in a shared final tent camp.
After taking part in an Explorer Belt Expedition, the participants are awarded the “Explorer Belt”, a leather belt with a uniform buckle .
In the German-speaking area, the German Scouts Saint Georg (DPSG, since 2004), the Association of Christian Scouts and Scouts (VCP, since 1982), the Scouts and Scouts of Switzerland (PBS, since 1995) and the Scouts and Scouts of Austria (PPÖ, since 2014) Explorer Belt Expeditions. Other scout associations participating in the program come from Finland , Great Britain , Ireland , Norway , Poland and Sweden , among others .