Adventure Leader

Our Adventure Leaders are responsible for leading a group (“Fire”) of up to 12 young explorers in partnership with a second and possibly a third leader. Adventure Leaders are responsible for the adventurous activities of the fire during the expedition, within the parameters set by the Chief Leader and Senior Adventure Leader.

Compulsory training dates: Leader Induction: 21st-23rd February 2020 (TBC), Leader Training: 27th-29th March 2020 Cumbria, Explorer Briefing 24th-26th April 2020, 16hr Wilderness First Aid Course May 2020 (TBC).

Assessment days: Our final assessment day for 2019 is 9th December and we will be confirming dates for early 2020 soon.

Necessary requirements

• All potential Leaders are required to attend an allocated Assessment Day
• An interest in youth development and experience of working with young people relevant to the expedition

• High levels of integrity and sound judgement
• A strong and flexible team player
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Strong leadership skills and the ability to inspire others
• The ability to deal with conflict and overcome challenges
• Significant personal expedition and travel experience

• Environment specific experience relating to the expedition (i.e. high altitude, jungle, arctic circle)
• Experience of managing groups in outdoor or remote/ hostile environments
• An enthusiasm for expeditions and the ability to convey this to our Explorers
• Adventure First Aid Qualification (weekend training course provided free of charge by British Exploring Society)
• Relevant National Governing Body or recognisable qualifications; Or demonstrable equivalent & relevant experience

On Expedition

All responsibilities for your group in the field are shared with the second group leader, except those which pertain directly to your expertise (e.g. mountaineering / kayaking etc)
• To inspire our explorers and engage fully in activities to support the educational aims and purpose of the society and expedition
• Responsibility for, and pastoral care of, explorers in your group
• Overall responsibility for safety and adventurous activities of the group assisted by the second group leader
• To train the explorers in the methods necessary to live and operate in the expedition environment
• Carry out the planned adventurous activities and facilitate any wider expedition projects
• All leaders, must regard it as a priority to ensure the safety of each and every member of the expedition at all times
• To manage a feedback and review process with explorers in the group following the structure provided by British Exploring Society.
• Where an assistant or trainee leader is attached to your group, to give them responsibility as appropriate, oversee their actions and provide learning opportunities

Pre Expedition

• Attend training residentials (3 to 4 weekends in the 6 months prior to the expedition)
• Contribute to planning, Risk Assessments, expedition-specific guidelines and similar as appropriate and directed by British Exploring Society and/or the Chief Leader, particularly in your area of expertise
• Plan the group’s adventure activities in liaison with second group leader and senior adventure leader.

Post Expedition

• To produce an overview report for the activities you have been in charge of 
• Contribute to the overall post expedition report (PXR), post expedition debrief event and presentation and expedition feedback as appropriate and directed by British Exploring Society and/or Chief Leader