Young Leaders

Assistant County Commissioner – Young Leaders

The County Programme Team provide support for the Young Leader Scheme.
For more information please contact Liam Segust

The 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

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

Young Leader Training Scheme Resources

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

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

Quick Links for Training Handouts and Resources

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