Young Leaders Scheme (14-18 years)


What is the Young Leader Scheme?

The Young Leaders Scheme is open to young people who are between 14-18 years.

Young Leaders are specially trained Explorer Scouts who volunteer as part of a leadership team within a younger section (Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts) within Scout Groups.

They undertake a structured training scheme that allows them to be effective within their role and are responsible to the Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leader).

The Young Leaders Scheme operates as a district provision and are in effect a virtual Explorer Scout Unit. The training delivered covers a range of skills that enables a Young Leader to deliver a programme or activity safely alongside an adult leadership team.

Whilst most of our Young Leaders are a member of a regular Explorer Scout Unit as well, it is possible to simply be a Young Leader as long as they are registered to the Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leader) or District Explorer Scout Leader.


The programme

The Young Leader Training Programme is comprised of 11 modules:

  • Module A – Prepare for take-off (Mandatory basic training)
  • Module B – Taking the Lead
  • Module C – That’s the way to do it!
  • Module D – Understanding behaviour
  • Module E – Game on!
  • Module F – Making Scouting accessible and inclusive
  • Module G – What is a high quality programme?
  • Module H – Programme planning
  • Module I – What did they say?
  • Module J – Communicate it!
  • Module K – First aid masterclass

Once you have completed the above training, you will then need to complete 4 tasks that we call “The Missions”. Once these have been completed you will gain a Young Leader Belt, one of the top awards in Scouting and signifies that you have completed your full training.

By gaining your Young Leader belt, you will then be able to use the training you’ve received to get an associate membership to the Institute of Leadership and Management as you will have completed a nationally recognised leadership programme.

Furthermore, you will impress perspective employers and university/college applications.


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All young people who are aged 14-18 years must register as a Young Leader, prior to them starting to volunteer with a Scout Group.

If you are looking to become a Young Leader and you are doing this as part of completing the DofE section from a third party, you must register also. Assessment reports are only given by the Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leader) and you must complete Module A training, otherwise your volunteering section with DofE will not count.

So how do I complete my training?

We have various training events and evenings that will cover these modules at least twice a year. To make things easy, we have devised 2 Young Leader training weekends that you can get involved in. The programme for 2018 – 2019 is below:


Date Training Event Location
11th September 2018 Module A (Evening Course) Online Course
17th-18th November 2018 Young Leaders Training Weekend 89th Reading, Jefferson Close, Emmer Green, Reading RG4 8US
19th January 2019 First Response Course (Module K) Reading Scout and Guide HQ, 163 Northcourt Ave, Reading RG2 7HG
2nd-3rd March 2019 Young Leaders Training Weekend Reading Scout and Guide HQ, 163 Northcourt Ave, Reading RG2 7HG
18th June 2019 Module A (Evening Course) Online Course

You can also download the offline copy of the above programme here.


How do I sign up to the training?

All you have to do is fill in the contact form on this page (on the right if you’re on a desktop PC or below on a mobile), select the event you would like to subscribe to, and that’s it!

Closer to the event the Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leader) will send you joining details for each event if you have signed up.


Your Young Leader Training Logbook

To record your training and to complete your Young Leader missions, you will need to download and print the Young Leader Training Logbook here.

Please keep this in a safe place, otherwise it might be difficult to complete your full Young Leader training.


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