Young Leaders (ages 14-18)

Explorer Scout Young Leaders’ Scheme

After the Scout section children can become Young Leaders (who volunteer alongside adult leaders in our Beaver Colonies, Cub Pack or Scout Troop.

A valuable asset to any leadership team, Young Leaders play an active role in their section, bringing a range of fresh ideas to the table, and acting as positive role models for the young people they work alongside. It works well!


Although this role 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’s Awards or Queen’s Guide Award. They can do this by volunteering as non-members for a set period of time ie for three to six months if completing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Bronze).


The Young Leaders follow a structured training programme too. This contains 11 modules and 4 missions for them to work through whilst volunteering in their chosen section. Modules give ‘YLs’ 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 to make a positive impact in their communities and to fulfil the service elements of many of the top awards in Scouting. Recognition of achievement is available along the way, and on completion of the Scheme, an ESYL belt buckle is awarded along with a completed badge.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls