The Young Leaders’ Scheme is just one of the exciting programme elements in the Explorer Scout section. The Scheme helps Explorer Scouts to develop and grow as individuals. It allows them to make a valuable contribution to their community and give service to others. The scheme also helps them fulfil the service elements of their awards and develop and grow as individuals.

Young leaders must be between the ages of 14 and 18. They are affiliated to the Explorer Scout Section and where appropriate, wear the Explorer Scout uniform shirt or blouse and the Tern Valley Explorer Necker. 

The Young Leader Placement Agreement helps Scout Groups, Section Leaders and Young Leaders ensure that an effective working relationship exists between all the parties involved. It is a written undertaking that deals directly with the provision for Young Leader(s) working in one or more sections within a Scout Group.
It highlights the responsibilities of and requirements for Young Leaders as well as the Group Scout Leader (GSL), Section Leader, Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leader), and the District Explorer Scout Commissioner. The Young Leaders Placement Agreement should follow the framework set out in the Scout Association guidance, which provides guidelines that the Scout Group and Young Leader Unit should be aware of and adhere to.

I want to register (to be) a Young Leader

You do not need to be a current member of the Scout Association to become a young leader.  If you are interested in developing leadership skills and volunteering please get in touch.

Young Leader Training

The Young Leaders’ Scheme is the training programme for Explorer Scout Young Leaders. It contains 11 modules and four missions for ESYLs to work through whilst volunteering in their chosen section. All ESYLs and Duke of Edinburgh volunteers are required to complete at least Module A within 3 months of commencing their role.

Modules give ESYLs the skills and knowledge to be successful in their role, while missions allow them to put everything into practice with support. As well as developing valuable life skills, the Scheme is an opportunity for ESYLs to make a positive impact in their communities and to fulfil the service elements of many of the top awards in Scouting. Recognition of achievement is available along the way, and on completion of the Scheme, the ESYL is awarded with an ESYL belt buckle.

Training in Shropshire Tern Valley

In Shropshire Tern Valley, we run Module A at least four times a year face to face and all the other modules through a variety of virtual webinars, evening training sessions and weekend training days. You can also complete the training as self led modules at home and submit evidence through the badges at home feature on Online Scout Manager (OSM). You can also use this feature to submit evidence of putting the learning into practice as part of your four young leader “Missions”.

All training events and Young Leader Unit Meetings are published on OSM. if you have any queries or have not been invited to the OSM portal please contact James our Young Leader – Explorer Scout Administrator

Training Team

Wayne Baker
Explorer Scout Young Leader Training Team
James Owen
Assistant Explorers Young Leader Training Team