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Young Leaders Scheme


The Young Leaders' Scheme is just one of the exciting programme elements in the Explorer Scout section. The Young Leaders' Scheme allows Explorer Scouts to help at Beaver Scout, Cub Scout or Scout section meetings on a regular basis, providing a useful service to the younger sections while having a great time as part of the adult leader team.

The Young Leaders' Scheme helps Explorer Scouts to develop and grow as individuals. It allows you to make a valuable contribution to your community and give service to others. The scheme also helps you fulfil the service elements of your Scouting and Duke of Edinburgh awards.

What Does a Young Leader Do?

As a Young Leader, you will regularly attend the section's weekly meetings, taking a full role in the adult leader team for the section, working alongside other adult leaders. You will find yourself running games, instructing younger people on Scouting skills, helping to organise activities, perhaps even taking responsibility for planning a whole series of meetings.

Child Protection

The Young Leaders' Young People First card (orange card) is a version of the Young People First card (yellow card) which Adults in Scouting are issued with. The orange card has the main Child Protection policy written in language which Explorer Scouts will find more suitable. This card is handed out before the young person becomes a Young Leader, even if they are only trying out the role. The guidence is designed to safeguard the welfare of all Members. You can view the Young People First card (orange card) here.



As a Young Leader, you will receive training on your special role. This training is different to the training given to other leaders and is focused on the needs of Explorer Scouts helping in the Beaver Colony, Cub Pack or Scout Troop. There are a total of eleven training modules for you, covering the following subjects.


A Young Leaders’ Badge and woggle should be awarded after completing Module A. This badge signifies that a Young Leader has completed their basic training.

A mission strip should be presented after completing each mission, these are placed around the module A badge.

A Young Leader belt buckle should be awarded on completion of the entire scheme (completion of ALL training modules and missions).

The Young Leader Service Award can be worn on the adult uniform to recognise a person’s completion of the Young Leaders’ Scheme.

The Young Leader certificate should be presented when the Young Leader either turns 18 or completes the whole scheme. The back of the certificate can be used to record which modules and missions the Young Leader has completed.

What do you need to do as a Young Leader?

Register with the Young Leaders Unit and get your Explorer Uniform if you haven’t already got one.


Find a Scout Group that is happy for you to be a young leader – We can always help with this if you want.


Decide on the section you want to work with Beavers or Cubs – You are not able to work with the Scout section until you have been away from Scouts for at least 6 months but we do recommend that you are away for a year.


You MUST complete Module A training within the first 3 months of becoming a Young Leader or starting work with your section.  Once you complete this training you will be given your Young Leaders Knecker and also your Young Leaders badge to wear on your Explorer Uniform.


There are a further 10 training modules which we like our Young Leaders to complete


There are 4 missions for you to undertake and if you need support with these then just ask the leaders


Once you have completed the 11 training modules and the 4 missions you will gain your Young Leaders belt.


Attend as many of the Young Leaders Unit meeting as possible.  We do understand that school, work etc can be a problem but all we ask is that you let us know if you can’t make it.

Can i attend a scout group as part of my Duke of Edinburgh award?


Scouting welcomes Young Leaders from other organisations such as GirlGuiding, Cadets or those completing the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and needing to undertake their service.

As part of this, members may attend regular sessions within a group and will need to complete Module A of the Young Leader Scheme in order to fulfil the requirements of the service.



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