The Young Leader Scheme – What is it?

Young Leaders’ are Explorer Scouts who choose to devote a large proportion of their time in Scouting to service in another section.  They can help in Squirrels, Beavers, Cubs or Scouts and must be aged between 13.5 and 18.  All Young Leaders will need to be registered with the District Young Leader Unit.

The Young Leaders’ Scheme helps Explorer Scouts to develop and grow as individuals. It allows them to make a valuable contribution to their community and give service to others. The scheme also helps them fulfil the service elements of their awards as well as DofE.

Do I need to complete training?

Being a young leader brings responsibility for the safety of others. To ensure you know how you can carry out this responsibility, there is some training which you have to undertake. Some is compulsory and some voluntary but all gives you skills you can use as you continue through your school years and move into adult life. Many Colleges, Universities and employers look for applicants to have the skills and experiences you pick up as a Young Leader.

Compulsory training includes Module A, Prepare for Take Off, must be completed within 3 months of you starting your role. The training includes:

Fundamentals of Scouting
Child Protection and Safeguarding
Scout Rules

After this, you can choose to join us for further training which may be completed in evening or weekend training sessions.  There are 10 more modules and 4 missions to complete the scheme include sessions in leadership styles, behaviours, activities, first aid and more. A full list of the modules and more information can be found HERE

If you decide to continue past your 18th birthday and have completed the Young Leader Scheme you can use the knowledge you have gained towards your adult training.  You may also wear the ESYL Service award on your adult uniform in recognition of your achievement.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls