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The Explorer Scout Young Leaders (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.


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).

Training Dates:

Please note - Information about times and locations of Explorer Young Leader Training are sent to registered Explorer Young Leaders. Contact the District Explorer Scout Commissioner, through the Contact Us page for more information.

Training Dates: 

  • Friday 18th Feb. - Module A - Prepare for take-off (essentials and expectations)

  • Wednesday 16th March - Module A - Prepare for take-off (essentials and expectations)

  • Friday 11th March - Module F - Making Scouting accessible and inclusive

  • Friday 8th April - Module J - Communicate it!

  • Wednesday 4th May - Module E - Game On!

  • Wednesday 8th June - Module B - Taking the lead 

  • Friday 8th July - Module A - Prepare for take-off (essentials and expectations)

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