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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.

Recognition

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 is presented after completing each mission, these are placed around the module A badge

A Young Leader belt buckle is 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.

The Young Leader certificate is presented when the Young Leader either turns 18 or completes the whole scheme. The back of the certificate can be used to record which modules and missions the Young Leader has completed.

Young Leader Modules

The modules of the Young Leaders’ Scheme are designed to cover all aspects of training. They will help Young Leaders become aware of, and learn how to deal with, various different facets of leadership within the Scouting Movement.

The modules are designed to be flexible and encourage innovation, so be as creative as you can! As long as the aim and objectives are met, they can be delivered in any way by anybody with the appropriate training or experience.

Module A – Prepare for take-off! This module is compulsory for all Young Leaders and must be completed within three months of becoming a Young Leader. It covers key areas which every Young Leader will need to know:

  • Purpose and Method of The Scout Association
  • Child protection
  • Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR)
  • Activity rules and safety
  • Understanding the role of the Young Leader and where they fit in the overall organisational structure

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.

Module B – Taking the lead Young Leaders will learn about leadership styles, when to use particular styles and the role of the leader.

Module C – That’s the way to do it! Young Leaders will explore different ways of instructing younger members.

Module D – Understanding behaviour Young Leaders will learn how to deal with difficult situations in their section, and the possible causes of bad behaviour.

Module E – Game on! This module aims to teach Young Leaders the importance of using games as a programme tool in their section. It illustrates different types of games, and shows how they can be appropriate to different circumstances and times.

Module F – Making Scouting accessible Young Leaders learn to identify the individual needs of members in their section. After this module, they will understand the importance of making adjustments in their programmes to take additional needs into account.

Module G – Programme plans
Module H – Programme plans plus

Modules G and H tackle an important area of section leadership – programme planning. The focus of these modules is the concept of the balanced programme, including the various awards and badges available. Young Leaders will initially plan a section meeting in Module G, progressing to long-term programme planning issues in Module H. Module G should be completed before Module H is begun.

Module I – What did they say? In all sections, input from the members is crucial to success. This module explores another important leadership function – how to communicate effectively with young people, and how to listen to them. Once our Young Leaders have acquired these skills, they will be able to make a valuable contribution to the health and wellbeing of the section in which they are working.

Module K – First Aid master class Module K uses a well tested and established training course, the First Response course, to teach emergency aid to Young Leaders. Alternative options to the First Response course are outlined in the module. It may be appropriate for a Young Leader who intends to become an adult leader to undertake this as they approach 18.

Young Leaders’ Scheme: Missions

As part of the Young Leaders’ Scheme there are four missions to be completed alongside the ten modules.

These missions are designed to allow the Young Leaders to put the learning from the Modules into practice. By doing so, they will gain in confidence and become an integral part of the leadership team within their Section and Group.

Mission 1

Task – run a variety of games: indoor, outdoor or as part of a camp (minimum of three).

To be included

  • At least two different types of leadership styles (Module B, C)
  • Three different types of games, ie energetic, active, thinking, creative, etc (Module E)

Suggestions

  • Run a game at the beginning or end of a section night
  • Run a wide game on a camp
  • Run a game that ties into a badge the section is working towards
  • Run a game that reinforces something the section has just leared
  • Any other ideas, subject to agreement with ESL (YL) and SL

Using your training
Things to think about:

  • What risks do your games present and what controls or rules do you need to put in place? (Module A)
  • What leadership style is most appropriate for the game you’re running? (Module B)
  • What are the different types of games you can run? (Module E)

Evaluation
To be discussed with either ESL (YL), SL or YLU:

  • What have I done?
  • Why did I do it?
  • What did I want to achieve?
  • What did the section members get from it?
  • What did I learn from it?
  • What would I do differently next time?
  • How do I feel about it now?

Mission 2

Task – plan and run an activity (not a game) as part of either the section programme or a camp programme.

To be included

  • planning and organisation
  • delivery
  • gathering any equipment or materials needed.

Suggestions

  • Choose an activity badge to run as part of the programme, providing all the information and materials required for the section to achieve this.
  • Run part of a camp programme:
    • pioneering activity
    • obstacle course
    • plan the route for a hike
    • team challenges
    • organising and leading a campfire
  • Create a way to record how your activities are working towards different badges.
  • Run an activity for the section relating to one of your own hobbies or interests.
  • Any other ideas, subject to agreement with the ESL (YL) and SL.

Using your training
Things to think about:

  • What risks do your activities present and what controls or rules do you need to put in place?(Module A)
  • Do you need a qualified instructor for your activity? (Module G)
  • What equipment do you need? (Module G)
  • Can all members of the section take part? (Module F)
  • Is the activity appropriate for the whole section? (Module C)

Evaluation
To be discussed with either ESL (YL), SL or YLU:

  • What have I done?
  • Why did I do it?
  • What did I want to achieve?
  • What did the section members get from it?
  • What did I learn from it?
  • What would I do differently next time?
  • How do I feel about it now?

Mission 3

Task – to take the section’s programme ideas to a programme planning meeting.

To be included

  • Ask the young people in the section for ideas for the programme
  • Attendance and contribution at a meeting (eg programme planning, District or County meeting, leaders’ meeting)

Suggestions

  • Attend a section planning meeting
  • Plan and run a meeting (for example, section planning forum)
  • Decide who should attend a meeting and invite them
  • Organise and run a forum for the young people in your section, taking their ideas and suggestions and giving them to the Section Leader
  • Organising for someone to take notes/minutes/points of action
  • Plan and run the Sixers/PLs’ Forums for two terms, and ensure that the young people in the section understand how they can input their ideas into the section programme
  • Any other ideas, subject to agreement with the ESL (YL) and SL

Using your training
Things to think about:

  • What is your role in the meeting? (Module G and H)
  • How are you going to ask the young people for their ideas? (Module I and E)
  • How are you going to feed back the information? (Module I)
  • The logistics of the meeting: is the proposed date/location convenient for the majority of people? (Module G and H)

Evaluation
To be discussed with either ESL (YL), SL or YLU:

  • What have I done?
  • Why did I do it?
  • What did I want to achieve?
  • What did the section members get from it?
  • What did I learn from it?
  • What would I do differently next time?
  • How do I feel about it now?

Mission 4

Task – responsibility for organising and running part of the section programme.

To include both

  • Planning and organising
  • Delivery

Suggestions

  • Plan and run a linking activity/event with either the section above and below
    • Work with the leaders of the sections above and below yours (if appropriate) to arrange a linking event/night/activity.
    • Plan the event/night/activity, making sure it is appropriate for the age/venue
    • Include members of the section to assist in the evening.
  • Plan and run a challenge award
    • Choose a challenge award that either has not already been achieved or has been achieved by the fewest members
    • Plan the activities on the monthly/termly/yearly programme of the activities needed to achieve the award
  • Plan a camp for the section (under the supervision of a leader with a Nights Away Permit)
  • Help the young people in the section to explore a particular topic or develop some specific skills
  • Any other ideas, subject to agreement with the ESL (YL) and SL

Using your training
Things to think about:

  • What risks do your activities present and what controls or rules do you need to put in place?(Module A)
  • Can all members of the section(s) take part? (Module F)
  • How will you get everyone involved and handle different behaviour? (Module D)
  • What leadership style is most appropriate for the activity/event you’re running? (Module B)
  • What are you going to plan for your programme? (Module G)
  • How are you going to plan a programme over a longer period? (Module H)
  • Is the activity age appropriate for everyone taking part? (Module C)
  • How are you going to communicate with the Group – written instructions, spoken explanation or demonstration? (Module C and I)

Evaluation
To be discussed with either ESL (YL), SL or YLU:

  • What have I done?
  • Why did I do it?
  • What did I want to achieve?
  • What did the section members get from it?
  • What did I learn from it?
  • What would I do differently next time?
  • How do I feel about it now?