Young Leaders are a valuable resource for any section – able to bridge the gap between the young people of the section and the Leaders. They are also the potential Leaders of the future! We all should be nurturing and supporting them in the start of their Leadership journey (and it counts as Service towards their Top Awards and DofE!)
A Young Leader is anyone aged 14-17 who works with a younger section in Scouting. They could also attend an Explorer Scout Unit or they could be undertaking Service as part of DofE through school or another youth organisation. Some Young Leaders don’t fall into any of the above categories, in this case they are classed as Explorer Scouts but only members of the District Young Leader Unit (membership fees do still need to be paid for them in this case!)
Regardless of how the Young Leader got involved in Scouting, the Young Leader Scheme can be summarised in six easy steps:
Step 1: Registration.
The easiest (and preferred) way to register Young Leaders is to share them with the relevant Young Leader Unit on Online Scout Manager (OSM). This can be done by either their Explorer Scout Leader or by the Section Leader where they are a Young Leader (they should also be shared between their Explorer Unit and Section too!). To find out the local Young Leader units please email us here.
Sharing on OSM, means that there is only one “copy” of each Young Leader – so when parents update their info it updates the Young Leader Unit, Explorer Unit and the Section they help at all at once and any badge work they undertake, wherever they are Scouting is counted against the same person.
|King Alfred||King Alfred: Young Leaders|
|North Oxfordshire||Oxfordshire Young Leaders: North Oxfordshire District YLU|
|Oxford Spires||Oxfordshire Young Leaders: Oxford Spires District YLU|
|Thames Chiltern||Oxfordshire Young Leaders: Thames Chiltern District YLU|
|Thames Ridge||Oxfordshire Young Leaders: TR District YLU|
|West Oxfordshire||Oxfordshire Young Leaders: West Oxfordshire District YLU|
Step 2: Module A.
Module A is the only compulsory training module. It covers the important basics, including the fundamentals of Scouting, Safeguarding and health and safety. It should be completed within 3 months of starting as a Young Leader. On completion of Module A, the Young Leader is issued with a Log Book and an “Acorn” badge to be worn on their uniform.
Please note, Module A is run in King Alfred District on an ad-hoc basis based on demand. Please contact us for more information.
Step 3: More Modules!
In addition to Module A, there are 10 further modules to enhance various aspects of leadership and working with young people. The following modules are:
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 and 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 masterclass
Step 4: Missions!
In parallel to the Modules, there are four missions that Young Leaders can complete. These are completed at the Section meeting that the Young Leaders attends and are best assessed by the Section Leader. The four missions are:
- Mission 1: Game. Run at least three games. One of which should be indoors and one outdoors.
- Mission 2: Activity. Run an activity that is not a game
- Mission 3: Programme Planning. Take a section’s ideas to a programme planning meeting
- Mission 4: Delivery. Take responsibility for organising and running part of the section programme.
When a Young Leader completes a mission, they are awarded an oak leaf to put around their acorn badge. These are available from your District Young Leader Unit or the ACC(YL). Missions should be signed off in the Young Leaders Log Book or on OSM. To do this on OSM as a Beaver, Cub or Scout section leader, go to “Challenge Badges” and use the “Switch Sections” button at the top of the page to select “Explorers (and Network)”. You should then be able to sign off the relevant mission under the “Young Leader Belt” badge.
Step 5: Young Leader Belt
When a Young Leader completes all Modules and all Missions then they are awarded their Young Leader Belt. This is a belt buckle in the shape of the Young Leader logo. They also receive a certificate, a badge for their adult uniform and an invitation to Awards Day. As with any award of this level, who presents it and the way it is presented should be chosen by the Young Leader. Please contact me here, to arrange presentation if required (I have a stash or certificates and belt buckles!)
Step 6: Keep on doing it!
We hope that Young Leaders find the whole experience an enjoyable one and want to carry on doing it until they turn 18. We are currently looking at ways we can support Young Leaders who have completed their Young Leader Belt before they turn 18. When a Young Leader turns 18, if they wish to take up an adult Leader role then their Young Leader training will cover some of the elements of the Adult Training Scheme meaning that they may be able to go straight to validation for some modules.
If you have any further questions, or would like to know more about the scheme, please do not hesitate to contact me
Support for Adult Volunteers working with Young Leaders
We also provide on-going learning opportunities that are open to all adults in Oxfordshire who work with Young Leaders. Please contact your local District Young Leader Unit or E-mail us to arrange a training workshop close to you.