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Young Leaders' Scheme

Who are Young Leaders?

Young Leaders are aged between 14 and 18 and work alongside adult leaders in a Beaver Scout Colony, Cub Scout Pack or Scout Troop.

Young Leaders can come from a variety of backgrounds. They can be:

  • Former Scouts, who have turned 14 and been invested as Explorer Scouts.
  • Participants in external programmes such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or members of other organisations like Girlguiding UK.
  • Young people who have joined the Explorer Scout section and chosen to participate in the Young Leaders’ Scheme as part of the section programme.

Those who have not been invested as Explorer Scouts can only be Young Leaders for the duration of the volunteering element of the Award that they are working towards.

In some instances you can request to return to your old Scout Troop to volunteer as a Young Leader. However, you should must a break of six months before doing this to participate in wider Explorer Scout activities, and to get experience as a Young Leader with either Beaver Scouts or Cub Scouts. This enables you to develop your skills and gives your old Troop time to understand and accept that that you are now an Explorer Scout Young Leader with different responsibilities.

As Young Leaders you are a valuable resource for busy section leaders. The Young Leaders’ Scheme supports you in key areas to help you get the most out of working with younger sections. The scheme also helps you to develop as an Explorer Scout, enabling you to fulfil the service elements of various awards and to make a positive impact in your local community.

An Introduction to the Young Leaders’ Scheme

The training modules of the Young Leaders’ Scheme will help you deal with many different aspects of leadership within Scouting. There are 11 modules in the Scheme. They are designed to be flexible and to encourage innovation and creative thinking.

  • Module A : Prepare for take off!
  • Module B : Taking the lead!
  • Module C : That's the way to do it!
  • Module D : Kids behaving badly!
  • Module E : Game on!
  • Module F : Making scouting accessible
  • Module G : Programme plans
  • Module H : Programme plans plus
  • Module I : What sis they say?
  • Module J : Awards and badges
  • Module K : First aid masterclass

Module A – Prepare for take off! is a mandatory module that must be completed within three months of becoming a Young Leader. Once you’ve completed it, you’ll get a Young Leader Badge.

As part of the Young Leaders’ Scheme there are four missions to be completed alongside the 11 modules. These missions are designed to allow Young Leaders to put the learning from the training modules into practice. Completing them will help you gain confidence as you become an integral part of the leadership team in your section and Group.

Fancy volunteering as a Young Leader?

For more information on the Young Leaders' Scheme or about volunteering opportunities for young people with us, please contact our District Advisor for Young Leaders, Laura Barlex youngleaders@sleaforddistrictscouts.org.uk