Young Leaders

The Young Leaders’ Scheme is just one of the exciting programme elements in the Explorer Scout section. To be able to volunteer and assist Beavers, Cubs or Scouts as a Young Leader, you must be an Explorer Scout, of which you will become a member of the Explorer Scout Young Leaders’ Unit. Young Leaders are Explorer Scouts who choose to devote a large proportion of their time in Scouting to service in another section. The only exception to this is if a young person wishes to volunteer for their Duke of Edinburgh Award and do so for a fixed period of time (as required for their level of the award). However, those not a member of the scout association may not volunteer until they are aged 14.

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 fulfill the service elements of their awards.

The Awards a Young Leader can Achieve:

A Young Leaders’ Badge and woggle should be awarded after completing Module A. This badge signifies that a Young Leader has completed their basic training.


A mission strip should be presented after completing each mission, these are placed around the module A badge


A Young Leader belt buckle should be awarded on completion of the entire scheme (completion of ALL training modules and missions).


The Young Leader Service Award can be worn on the adult uniform to recognise a person’s completion of the Young Leaders’ Scheme.

Scouting provides a second family to lots of young people. It’s a safe place where they can aspire and grow.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls