E.L.I.T.e. Explorers Leading Innovation Towards Excellence

Welcome to ELITE

ELITE is all about putting Young People within Northampton District Explorer Units in control of their own Scouting. ELITE is part of Northampton District Scouts Youth Shaped objective and will be rolled out through Explorers over the next term.



To give the young people involved in Explorer Scouting in Northampton a voice, creating autonomy for them and thus allowing them to keep the movement growing in a direction that continually appeals to young people.


  • The Explorer Leadership Team will work with our District Youth Commissioners to seek out genuinely interested Young People from a cross section of our Explorer units and encourage their participation in ELITE.
  • In partnership with members of ELITE we will provide a consistent structure so that young people are comfortable in giving their thoughts and opinions
  • Putting Youth Led at the heart of what we do will actively engage with the thoughts, ideas and opinions of the team and ensure young people feel valued whist making the process of engagement fun and interesting for participants
  • Provide a framework of expectation of how the young people will communicate to peers any progress made by the team, in collaboration with assisting adults
  • Provide a regular opportunity for feedback to be given


  • The District Youth Commissioner will have the overall responsible for the Delivery of ELITE, they will chair the meetings and work with the Deputy District Youth Commissioners to cover if necessary.
  • ELITE forums will take place once every term.
  • Members of ELITE should be representative of all Explorer units in Northampton.
  • ELITE members will be given the opportunity to take part in a team building/ get to know you activities initially.
  • The purpose of the meeting will be solution focused, not complaint focused.
  • Forums will be Youth Led, where necessary adults will facilitate the meetings but their involvement should be minimal.
  • Minutes and Actions will be taken and distributed from each forum.
  • Feedback on requests, changes, achievements and/or complaints will be given at the following meeting and all will be accurately recorded for future reference.

Expectations of ELITE Members

  • Representatives will act as a voice for all Explorer Scouts in the area, and will be a link person between leaders and other young people.
  • Members of the ELITE team will support new Explorers coming into the groups and help get them settled.
  • As part of the ELITE team members will be required to attend the ELITE meetings.
  • Members will be required to give their own and their groups feedback on all things Explorer Scout related
  • ELITE team members will agree to be respectful of all other members, their opinions and ideas and will adhere to the ‘Explorer Scouting code of conduct’ with regard to behaviour during scouting events
  • Elite representatives will work in collaboration with each other and Adult members to ensure the best possible opportunities are made available to young people in the district

If ELITE is for you then email ELITE@northamptondistrictscouts.org.uk to register your interest.

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