The Explorer Scout Leader(s) (ESL) act as the Section Leader(s) for an Explorer Scout Unit, but is directly responsible to the District Explorer Scout Commissioner. As the Explorer Scout Section is leader-led, the ESL has responsibility for developing and providing quality Explorer Scouting in the Explorer Scout Unit:
- Ensuring a balance programme for the Explorer scouts
- Encourage participation in the Award scheme, ensuring that both participation and achievement are rewarded
- Encourage the moving in process by maintaining good links with the Scout Section, and encourage the moving on process into the Scout Network
- Ensure that young people get what they want and need from being members of the Unit and that they have a say in developing and reviewing the Unit programme via the Unit Forum
The ESL has a very practical role and should spend as much of their Scouting time as possible in the actual process of delivering the programme.