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District Explorer Scout Commissioner Induction

Materials to support DESCs through their induction

Congratulations on your new and exciting role. The District Explorer Scout Commissioner's (DESC) role is all about providing direction and support in order to develop Explorer Scouting and ensure its sustainability.  We hope you’ll enjoy every minute, and feel proud knowing that you’re changing lives and creating opportunities for more young people and adults in your community.  

Managing and supporting Scouting can be challenging at times, so we've developed an induction package consisting of three separate elements to help you get to grips with the role. The three elements are:

  • Receiving support  locally utilising the downloadable checklist
  • Support given through the Scouts website such as safeguarding, safety, governance and programme
  • A rolling programme of six interactive online workshops

These resources are designed to complement the Getting started training modules and wood badge training.  

You can find support using our adult member management system at the Compass Support Site. To get support completing a disclosure application for someone in Atlantic data, look at the Disclosures section of the Compass Support Site.

If you want help with Online Scout Manager (if your Explorer Units use it) check out the help section once you've logged in.  ​

Delivering a quality programme  

An amazing programme is key to the success of any Explorer Unit and is the foundation for retaining and recruiting volunteers and young people. For help and support in developing a quality programme, take a look at our guidance on delivering a quality programme.   

Managing issues and situations  

You may face issues that others will look to you, as their line manager, to sort out. Thankfully we have lots of guidance and procedures to help you overcome difficulties and deal with complaints. Check out Scouts' Complaints Policy to find out more.

Young Leaders

Any Young Leaders in your District are managed through Explorers. Even if they don't attend an Explorer unit, they should be part of the Young Leaders Section. They are a valuable asset to any section within the District, bringing energy and fresh ideas to those teams. Find out more about supporting Young Leaders on our Young Leaders Scheme page.

Tools to support your induction

Quality Programme Checkers for each section:

Don't forget to use the programme planning tool.

Useful resources  

Induction Workshops

We’re running six workshops throughout the year to complement your induction. Each workshop will go into more detail on your role managing Explorer Units, your team, reviews, development, recruitment and the volunteer journey.  

Join a workshop

Local Delivery and Workshop checklist

This checklist is designed as a ‘self-service’ guide for a new DESC to complete in partnership with other volunteers.

Local Induction checklist

Running things locally

Find support and guidance on everything from the Census, Trustee Boards, grants, data protection, dealing with complaints and much more.

Read the guidance

Following rules and policy

Stay up to date on our rules and key policies.

Find out more about policy

Growing Scouting

Explore our tools to help you recruit more volunteers, get more young people involved, start a new Explorer Unit or Young Leader section and celebrate success.

Explore the tools

Growth & Communities Team

The Growth & Communities Team are the Scouts field-based staff team that provide direct support to Scouting across England.

Check out the support available