Young Leaders are Explorer Scouts who volunteer alongside adult Leaders in the Beaver Colony, Cub Pack or Scout Troop. They are a valuable asset to the Leadership teams and play an active role in the Section, bringing a range of fresh ideas, and acting as positive role models for the young Beavers, Cubs or Scouts.
Although the Scheme is usually taken on by Explorer Scouts looking for a new challenge, young people from outside Scouting can also participate if they are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards or Queen’s Guide Award. They can do this by volunteering as non-members for a set period of time. For example, if they are completing their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, they can volunteer as a non-member for three to six months (the time required for the volunteering section).
At 1st Grundisburgh Scout Group we provide Young Leaders with a red hoodie with the Scouting logo on the front and back. There is no official uniform for Young Leaders therefore we created this so they can feel part of a team together – plus it helps to see them in the distance.
The Young Leaders Scheme has a training programme containing 11 modules and four missions for each person to work through whilst volunteering in their chosen Section. Modules give Young Leaders the skills and knowledge to be successful in their role, while missions allow them to put everything into practice with support. As well as developing valuable life skills, the Scheme is an opportunity for Young Leaders to make a positive impact in their Communities and to fulfil the service elements of many of the top awards in Scouting. On completion of the Scheme, the Young Leaders are awarded with a Young Leaders belt buckle.