Young Leader Scheme

ESYLs are Explorer Scouts 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. For example, if they are completing their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, they can volunteer as a non-member for three to six months (the time required for the Bronze DofE volunteering section).

The ESYLs’ Scheme is the training programme for ESYLs. It contains 11 modules and four missions for ESYLs to work through whilst volunteering in their chosen section. 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.

Why do Explorer Scouts become Young Leaders?

Explorer Scouts become Young Leaders to:

  • gain the knowledge, skills and confidence required to become an effective Leader
  • further their own personal development
  • work towards other Awards for example Duke of Edinburgh
  • acquire the skills that are needed for the Adult Training Scheme
  • have fun!

Useful links for the Young Leader Scheme

Contact your local District Commissioner to find out about your District YL Unit

Young Leader Training Scheme Module Resources

The Four YL Missions – click here to download the PoP

Module A: Prepare for Take-off – click to download the PoP

Module B: Taking the Lead – click to download the PoP

Module C: That’s the Way to Do It – click to download the PoP

Module D: Understanding Behaviour – click to download the PoP

Module E: Game On – click to download the Pop

Module F: Making Scouting Accessible and Inclusive – click to download the PoP

Module G: What is a Quality Programme – click to download the PoP

Module H: Programme Planning – click to download the PoP

Module I: What Did They Say – click to download the PoP

Module J: Communicate It – click to download the PoP

Module K: First Aid Masterclass – to be delivered locally

Quick Links for Training Resources and Handouts (to print)

Module A: Resource A – Domino Cards – click to download the Resource

Module A: Handout A – Child Protection Scenarios – click to download the Handout

Module B: Handout B – The Five Key Leadership Styles – click to download the Handout

Module B: Handout C – Narrative of a Beaver Meeting – click to download the Handout

Module C : Resource B – Line Drawing Template – click to download the Resource

Module D: Resource C – Role Play Questions – click to download the Resource

Module D: Resource D – Double Coin Knot Instructions – click to download the Resource

Module D: Handout D – Flip it to a Positive – click to download the Handout

Module D: Handout E – Mock Trial Scenarios – click to download the Handout

Module E: Resource E – Matchstick Games – click to download the Resource

Module F: Handout F – Making Reasonable Adjustments – click to download the Resource

Module G: Resource F – Bingo Sheet – click to download

Module G: Handout G – Programme Objectives – click to download

Module H: Resource G – Programme Posters – see the Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Pages

Module H: Handout H – Termly Planner – click to download

Module H: Handout I – Quality Programme Checker – click to download Beavers

Module H: Handout I – Quality Programme Checker – click to download Cubs

Module H: Handout I – Quality Programme Checker – click to download Scouts

Module I: Resource H – Activity Idea Cards – click to download

Module I: Handout J – Forum Ideas List – click to download

Module J: Resource I – Skill Builder – click to download

Module J: Handout K – Adapting Your Style – click to download

Module J: Handout L – Trigger Words – click to download

Extra Resources for Young Leaders

Games with a Pack of Cards – click to download the PoP

Matchstick Games – click to download the PoP

Newspaper Games – click to download the PoP

5 Minute Fillers – click to download the PoP

Programme Review – click to download the PoP

Youth Led Scouting – click to download the PoP

18 years of Youth Led Scouting – click to download the POP

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