Young Leaders

The Young Leader’s Scheme is just one of the exciting programme elements in the Explorer Scout section.  All leaders in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts 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 services to others.  The scheme also helps them fulfil the service elements of their awards.


A Young Leaders’ Badge and woggle should be awarded after completing Module A.  This badge signifies 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, 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.

The Young Leader certificate should be presented when the Young Leader either turns 10 or completes the whole scheme.  The back of the certificate can be used to record which modules and missions the Young Leader has completed.

Training Structure

Young leader training is separated into modules and missions.  Modules are training sessions run by an adult, missions are completed by the Young Leader on their section nights.