The Young Leaders' Scheme

The Young Leaders' Scheme Badge


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.

  1. Module A: Prepare for Take-off!

  2. Module B: Taking the Lead

  3. Module C: That's the Way to Do It!

  4. Module D: Understanding Behaviour

  5. Module E: Game On!

  6. Module F: Making Scouting Accessible

  7. Module G: Programme Plans

  8. Module H: Programme Plans Plus

  9. Module I: What did They Say?

  10. Module K: First Aid Masterclass

Once you have completed Module A you will be awarded the Young Leader badge and woggle for your uniform. All of these modules can count towards the training element of your Scout badges and Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The modules will be provided by adult leaders and the County Training Team; if you want to find out more, please speak to one of the leaders.

The Scout Association has produced a Young Leader's Scheme log book which can help track your training and development.

More information on the modules can be found here.


The Young Leader training modules are supported by a series of four missions in the Young Leaders' Scheme. The different missions enable you to put some of the new skills and knowledge learnt on the modules into practice. By doing so, you will gain in confidence and become an integral part of the leadership team within your chosen Section and Group.

  • Mission 1 is about running some section meetings.

  • Mission 2 requires you to run some outdoor activities.

  • Mission 3 involves you running some sectional forums and using the ideas generated in meetings.

  • Mission 4 gets you to take responsibility for some programme planning for your section.

On completion of each of the missions, you will be presented with a Mission Badge. This badge fits round each of the four sides of your Young Leader badge. More information on the Missions can be found here.

More Information

More information on the Young Leaders' Scheme is available from the Scout Association.