ESYLs are Explorer Scouts (aged 14 to 18) who volunteer alongside adult leaders in a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack or Scout Troop. A valuable asset to any leadership team, ESYLs play an active role in the section, bringing a range of fresh ideas to the table, and acting as positive role models for the young people they work alongside.
Although the Scheme is usually taken on by Explorer Scouts looking for a new challenge, young people from outside Scouting can also participate if they are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards or Queen’s Guide Award. They can do this by volunteering as non-members for a set period of time ie for three to six months if completing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Bronze).
Flexibility is key to the operation of the Young Leaders Unit. But an important part is a training programme that allows them to make a valuable contribution to their section and give service to others. All of the training is worthwhile and fun. Module A is compulsory for all Young Leaders (as it provides vital information on the Purpose and Method of Scouting, Child Protection, Risk Assessment, etc.) and we encourage our Young Leaders to complete as many of the other Modules as possible.