An Introduction to the Young Leaders Scheme

Do you have a Young Person aged 14-18 helping within your section (Beaver, Cubs and Scouts)?

Is your young person an Explorer Scout or are they volunteering as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award?

It is recommended that Explorer Scouts wanting to return to their old Troop should have a break of at least twelve months before returning as a Young Leader. Encourage them to help in either at a Beaver Colony or Cub Scout Pack, this enables them to develop skills and allows the Scout Troop to understand that the young person is now an Explorer Scout Young Leader with different responsibilities.

The Young Leaders Scheme is divided into 11 Modules A-K and 4 Missions. On completion of all the modules and missions a Belt Buckle is awarded as recognition of achievement, with a badge to be worn on Explorer Scout Uniform and transferred to Adult Uniform when they reach age 18.

Module A (there is a Badge for this one), This is the compulsory module for all Young Leaders and has to be completed within 3 months of starting to help in a Younger section. Module A should be run within the District – please contact your Young Leaders Leader or DESC for information of a course

West Yorkshire County has a Young Leader Training team who hold residential weekends around the County, where multiple modules can be completed and also it is an opportunity for the Young people to meet and share experiences and exchange ideas.

The scheme is made up of 11 modules which address issues faced by Young Leaders and prepare them for encountering difficult situations and challenging behaviour.

• Module A: Prepare for take –off (Essentials & Expectations)
• 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 & 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 Master Class

Four Missions: (a badge is awarded for each mission) must be completed within the Scouting section that they are assisting in, this helps to put the learning from the modules into practice. These missions focus on planning and implementing a Balanced Programme for the section they are working with.

Mission 1 – GamePlan and run a minimum of three games with the section you are volunteering with. At least one game should take place indoors and one outdoors
Mission two – ActivityPlan and run an activity (not a game) with the section you are volunteering with.
Mission three – Programme PlanningTake the section’s programme ideas to a programme planning meeting.
Mission four – DeliveryTake responsibility for organising and running part of the section programme

Return to Young Leaders page