This section is for Section Leader who are thinking about of have Young Leaders working with there section.

What is the Explorer Scout Young Leaders’ Scheme?

Explorer Scout Young Leaders volunteer alongside adult leaders in a Squirrel Dray, Beaver Colony, Cub Pack or
Scout Troop. Explorer Scout Young Leaders may also be young people who are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards or Kings’s Guide Award, volunteering as non-members of the Scouts for a set period of time. You can find out more details about Explorer Scout Young Leaders and how to support them in your section here.

How do I get them registered as Young Leaders?

Make sure the Young Leader team know they are helping with your section, and they will keep them and you informed of training opportunities and other support that is available.
The Young Leader Unit uses OSM, so if they are already in one of your section or leader teams that you have setup on OSM, you can just share the member with the Horsham Young Leaders Explorer Scout Unit.

To share the member in OSM, find the member, select MORE and then “Share with another section“.

Then select “Explorers (and Network)”, “Horsham District: Horsham District Young Leaders” and “SHARE ONE MEMBER“.

Where do I start with my new Young Leader?

A good place to start is before they join, take a look at the top tips for working with ESYLs in your section.
Talk with with your GSL and some groups have also appointed an adult to support all Young Leaders working in the group, so make sure they are aware as well.
When the Young Leader has received their Young Leader Logbook, help them to fill in the Information page with details of who in the group and section will support them and then discuss and complete the Expectation section a few pages on.

How do they complete the Modules?

The modules are run through out the year by the Young Leader team at various Scouts Headquarters around the Horsham area. See Young Leader Modules for the dates and how to sign up for a session.

How do they get their Young Leader Award?

When they complete there “Module A – Prepare for take-off ” module (which they should do in three months), they will be given a printed copy of the Young Leader Logbook, an Orange Card and presented with their Young Leader Award.

How do they complete their Missions?

The missions are an important part of the scheme. Your role will be to provide opportunities for the Young Leaders to complete the missions as part of your section programme. When the are completed the mission they are signed off in there Young Leader Logbook, (in line with whatever arrangement exist in your group) and the young leader team is informed so a mission strip can be issued.

When they have completed the entire scheme (all training modules and missions) they will be awarded the Young Leader belt buckle.

Do they wear uniform?

When they are helping with the section, they should follow what is normal for your section, including when you are in uniform, if they have an Explorer Scout Uniform, they should wear it either there unit scarf, your group scarf, or both (tie one with a friendship knot).

When it’s time for them to leave you

When your Young Leader plans to leave you or about to become 18, make sure the Young Leader Team are aware in advance so that they make sure they have been presented with their Explorer Scout Young Leader certificate.
Even though the Young Leaders scheme is for under 18s, they may like to stay on as adult leaders with the section, so please have a discussion with them and then inform your GSL so they can arrange appointment and a DBS. They can also wear a Explorer Scout Young Leader Service Award on their adult uniform.

Can I get more involved with supporting Young Leaders in Horsham?

Yes you can, the team of adults who support the Young Leaders Scheme are always looking for help and venues to meet. Helping could be helping with the administration of helping run a couple of Modules a year. If you are interested contract the Young Leader team.

Look up your local Scout Group, because you’ve got a safe, practical community who will encourage and support you.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls