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Young Leaders


The Young Leader scheme is an extension of your Scouting that gives you the opportunity to assume the role of a Leader. It entails a commitment to assist  a section of scouting, Beavers, Cubs or Scouts in Bognor Regis District supporting Section meetings and working with the Section Leader as any volunteer would do.

The YL scheme has a full Modular Training programme ranging from 1st Aid to Games and Planning to Challenging Behaviour. The concept is to raise your abilities to perform as a Leader, help you as an individual develop your Leadership skills and hopefully groom you to be a Scout Leader of the Future. I am sure you would agree that Scouting can only benefit from an injection of youthful dynamics to raise its appeal and improve the energy levels!

In addition to the Training, you will be encouraged to undertake Four Missions during your time as a YL. These will entail hands on planning, running, leading and accounting for the usual sort of activities that existing Leader teams undertake. Don’t worry, we don’t expect you to produce a whole terms programmes and execute them, but if you think of the work that Scout Leaders do in terms of planning, organising, preperation and analysis you get the idea of where we would like you to head during your time as a YL. Support and guidance is only a call or email away.

On  your 18th birthday you will be awarded a Certificate that details the Modules & Missions that you have attained. This provides a perfect reference at any interviews where your participation as a  YL will make you stand out in a positive way. If You complete the four Missions and all the modules you will also receive the YL Belt at the same gathering as those who have achieved their Chief Scout Gold Award.

Being a YL costs you nothing and is not an alternative Explorer Unit – it is an addition to your Scouting. There are periodic YL meetings to cover any topical issues and share best practises etc. Training will be organised locally and by raising the Section Leader awareness of the scheme I anticipate that besides myself and any other Explorer Leaders, the Section Leaders that you help will all be able to guide you to the successful conclusion of the YL Belt.

The Young Leader scheme compliments the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Queens Scout Award as it fits the bill for the volunteering section. But being a Young Leader is not just about what you can gain from it, it says something about you as an individual who is prepared to take on the challenge and share your time and skills with children not much younger than you .

You are giving something special back.

If you have any questions or wish to become a Young Leader please click here and fill out enquiry form.

Tim Holland
Assistant Explorer Leader & YL Leader