Taking effect from 2 December 2021, the youth sector moves to the Yellow readiness level and the following changes apply: Anyone aged 11+ must wear a face covering when indoors, unless they are exempt (and we recommend the use of known visible methods for people to display if they are exempt). We are asking everyone to review and update risk assessments for section meetings, activities and residentials as well as meetings, training, events and social activities for adults to reflect this change and the current readiness level. For full details visit scouts.org.uk

Explorer Scout Young Leaders’ Scheme

Explorer Scout Young Leaders (ESYL’s) are Explorer Scouts who volunteer alongside adult leaders in a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack or Scout Troop. They are a valuable asset to any leadership team, ESYL’s 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.

We currently have 40 ESYL’s in Fareham West which is mainly made up Explorers within the district, but we also accommodate young people who are doing D of E through school training schemes wishing to complete their community section and we also have a healthy Explorer Scout Young Leader unit in our district which compromises of those who wish to be Young Leaders (YL) but don’t have time to attend an Explorer unit.

The YL unit receives the same training, and acknowledgements as our Explorer Young Leaders and are an intrinsic part of our leadership team.

All of the Young Leaders play a major role in the groups they help with and are generally highly regarded by the section leaders, who give feedback at regular intervals; a great number of young leaders go on to be adult leaders when they reach 18 years old.

The Young Leaders themselves say that being a YL is very rewarding and they feel it’s great to be able to help younger scouting members to realise their potential in the activities; it also gives them vital management training useful in future endeavours.

All YL’s must complete Module A training within the first 3 months of taking a placement in a group, we are now pleased to announce that we have been able to provide this training locally since September 2018 and attendance has been good.

Module B-K must be completed if YL’s who wish to achieve their Buckle and completion certificate, and this is done at a county level.

At the completion of the YL training scheme, the individual will receive a completion certificate which is widely accepted as a positive attribute to any CV.

Our Explorer Scout Leader ” Young Leaders” (ESLYL) is there to provide support and training advice to all of our Young Leaders. She regularly visits the sections to see the YL’s in action and offer encouragement; often presenting badges that have been achieved in the duration of the placement.

Regular progress updates and modular training dates are sent out by our ESLYL to all YL’s, GSL’s and ESL’s

For further information on all things Young leader related including future training dates and venues; please contact our ESLYL.

Contact: eslyl@farehamwestscouts.org.uk

Further information can be found: https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/search/?cat=9,98

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