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Volunteering at Scouts is changing to help us reach more young people

Volunteering is changing to help us reach more young people

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A: ESYLs can request to return to their old Scout Troop to volunteer as an ESYL. However, it's recommended that they should take a break of 12 months before doing this. Extra time away enables them to develop their skills before taking on more responsibility, and gives their old Troop time to understand and accept the ESYLs’ new role.

A: ESYLs can use the training they have completed as prior learning when they come to adult training and working towards their Wood Badge. Like all leaders, they will still need to validate their learning. More information can be found in Appendix A.

A: Yes. The Scheme is a part of the Explorer Scout provision, just like any other activity in Explorer Scouts. If a young person transitions up from Scouts aged 13 ½, then they can start the Scheme immediately if they like.

The following non-members may work with the Squirrel Scout, Beaver Scout, Cub Scout or Scout Sections, with the agreement of the Section Leader, for a fixed period of time (as required for their level of award).

    • Members of Girlguiding UK aged 13.5-18 undertaking a Girlguiding UK award with a volunteering requirement.
    • Young people aged 13.5-18 undertaking the Volunteering Section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
      Note: Non-members may not volunteer within Scouting until they are 13.5 years of age.

A: There is no timeframe ESYLs have to complete the Scheme within, but they must complete it before turning 18. The Scheme is part of the Explorer Scout programme and therefore finishes at 18 years old.