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Young Leaders

The Young Leaders’ scheme is a fantastic part of the Explorer Scout programme!
They are 14 – 18 year olds who volunteer to help in a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack or Scout Troop.

The scheme allows young people to develop their leadership skills and become part of the groups leadership team. Often Young Leaders’ will use the scheme as part of other volunteering programmes such as the Duke of Edinburghs award.  Upon completion of the modules and missions, participants will be presented with a Young Leaders belt.

The scheme is supported with a number of training modules (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, K) and 4 missions.
Module A is the only compulsary module and must be completed within 3 months of starting a section.  We strongly encourage all Young Leaders’ to complete as many training modules as they can, to futher develop their leadership knowledge and skills.

2020 Young Leader’s Training Weekend Details

Training modules will be organised by the District Explorer Scout Commissioner (DESC) or the Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leaders) in the District. Please contact them for further information. The County also offer support for Young Leaders, including training weekends.

Young Leader Resources

The resources below can be used by Young Leaders when planning programmes and activities

Quality Programme Checkers:

Balanced Programme Checker (All 3 sections)

Weekly Programme template

Termly Programme template


Missions are projects that are carried out by a Young Leader in the section they are helping with. The Young Leader should collect evidence of their Mission activities such as photographs, risk assessments, programme plan, etc.

The missions can be found here. 

Once a Young Leader has completed a Mission they should contact the DESC or ESL (YL) to report back on what they have done. They could use the document below to help with this report back. If they have successfully completed it they will be awarded a Mission Strip.

Mission Report back forms

2015 YL Adult Award

When all 10 Modules (A-I + K) and 4 Missions have been completed, the Young Leader will be awarded the Young Leader’s Belt Buckle which can be worn for the rest of their time in Scouting and a badge they can wear on their uniform as an adult.

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