Young Leaders’ Scheme
The Young Leaders’ Scheme is just one of the exciting programme elements in the Explorer Scout section. All leaders in the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout and Scout Section who are between the ages of 14 and 18 must be members of an Explorer Scout Young Leaders’ Unit. They are Explorer Scouts who choose to devote a large proportion of their time in Scouting to service in another section.
The Young Leaders’ Scheme helps Explorer Scouts to develop and grow as individuals. It allows them to make a valuable contribution to their community and give service to others. The scheme also helps them fulfil the service elements of their awards.
Nearly all younger sections are supported by Young Leaders and more and more of them are achieving their Young Leader Belt which is awarded after they have completed optional training and put these new skills into practice back with their sections. Nicola is the explorer leader who supports the scheme and the young leaders themselves.
Young people between the ages of 14 and 18 years who are not members of scouting can be considered to do their service as a temporary young leader in scouting. Whilst priority for places will be given to those in scouting, many sections have managed to support the DofE scheme by giving placements to young people.