Young Leaders are a group of brilliant young people who help shape the programmes of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, run fun games and activities, and work towards Scouting’s top awards, as well as other qualifications! Anyone between the ages of 14 and 18 can become a Young Leader, it doesn’t matter if you’ve never been involved with Scouting. All you need is a bit of enthusiasm and cheerfulness to help the younger sections have a great time!
What do you do?
A Young Leader helps to deliver the programme for one of the younger Scout sections, running games and activities, and helping to ensure that the section is encouraged to be “youth shaped”. Being a Young Leader also gives you the opportunity to achieve the Young Leader Award, which you can gain by running those games and activities, as well as contributing to the development of the programme.
What skills do you need?
You don’t need any skills to be a Young Leader – any you already have would be really useful, but becoming a Young Leader is all about helping you to gain new skills and develop them! If you’ve been in Scouting for a while then you’ll already have developed plenty of skills, as well as know loads about the fundamentals of Scouting, which would be really useful!
Do I need training?
You’ll need to complete Module A of the Young Leader Award training scheme, which covers the basics such as safeguarding, health and safety and rules – this needs to be done within 3 months of you becoming a Young Leader. The rest of the training modules aren’t mandatory but completing them could help you achieve your Young Leader Award, as well as counting towards adult training modules if you choose to progress to being a leader once you turn 18.
How could I progress?
You can complete your Young Leader Award, which consists of 11 training modules followed by 4 missions, which is one of Scouting’s top awards! With the award you have the option to either complete independent study with a YL logbook, or you could join the island’s growing Unit of Young Leaders in their training and get the chance to meet some amazing young volunteers just like you! It’s a great award to achieve, not only because it’s recognised nationally and you get some snazzy badges and a belt, but because if you complete it then you’ll have already covered 12 of the 19 training modules you’ll need to complete to achieve your Wood Badge if you decide to become and adult leader!
What would I get out of it?
Aside from the award itself, which is nationally recognised as an award showing your dedication and commitment to providing a high standard of leadership and organisational skills, there’s the chance to achieve other national recognised achievements from the award, such as a formal First Aid certificate. Volunteering with a younger section also counts towards other Scouting top awards, such as the Platinum and Diamond Chief Scout Awards, and even the Queen’s Scout Award – Scouting’s highest achievement!
Chances are, if you’re volunteering, you’re doing so for another qualification, such as one of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards or the Welsh Baccalaureate, so becoming a Young Leader would help tick those of your long list of achievements too! The Young Leader Award is a great qualification to have on your CV, and would make a great addition to your personal statement when it comes to applying for university!
The biggest thing you’d get out of it though are the sense of achievement and pride, as well as a massive confidence boost! It’s a great way to get head start in being involved in leadership within Scouting if that’s a road you want to go down as an adult, plus you get to go on more camps!
Who would this role appeal to?
This role is available to anyone between the ages of 14 and 18, whether you’re a Scout, Guide or neither! The role is flexible too, as we’re aware that at that age you’re probably having to face things such as exams and coursework. If you’re volunteering for a fixed period for DofE or Bacc, then you’re not obliged to stay once that time is up, but we’d hope you’d love it enough to stay – especially if you’re an Explorer!