Explorer Scout Young Leaders (ESYLs) are Explorer Scouts who volunteer alongside adult leaders in a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack or Scout Troop. Within Spen Valley we are very fortunate to have a number of young leaders who are 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 act as positive role models for the young people they work alongside.
They all take part in the Explorer Scout Young Leaders’ Scheme. It contains eleven 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. We are thrilled to have two young leaders who have achieved this award through their hard work and determination.
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 i.e.: for three to six months if completing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Bronze).