Are you an Explorer Scout?
Are you working towards your Duke of Edinburgh Award, but not a Scout member?
Are you a Guide working towards your Queen's Guide Award?
If you are aged between 14 and 18, the Young Leaders Scheme is a great way to volunteer whilst receiving structured training and learning skills for life.
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.
How long should a young person have left their Scout Troop for before they go back to volunteer as an ESYL?
Scouts can request to return to their old Scout Troop to volunteer as an ESYL. However, it is highly recommended that they have a break of 12 months before doing this. This extra time allows them to develop their skills, and gives the old Troop extra time to accept and adjust to the fact they are now an ESYL with different responsibilities. Having a reasonable gap will mean that the ESYL won't just be seen as another Senior Patrol Leader when they return and are supporting their peers.