The Young Leaders’ Scheme is just one of the exciting programme elements in the Explorer Scout section. All young leaders who help out 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.

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Module A

Module A is run regularly at a County level. For information on upcoming courses, there locations and the booking form please check the county events page.

Module A is the only compulsory young leader module and must be completed within the first three months of starting to help with any section. On completion of the Module A training course you will be awarded the young leader badge. The badge can then be worn on the right sleeve of your uniform.

Other Modules

Other modules are run usually monthly and delivered by the Young Leader Training team, once you are registered as a Young Leader you will receive regular communications on dates by email.

The modules are:

Module B: Taking the lead!
Module C: That’s the way to do it!
Module D: Understanding Behaviour!
Module E: Game on!
Module F: Making Scouting accessible and inclusive
Module G: What is a high quality programme
Module H: Programme planning
Module I: What did they say?
Module J: Communicate it!
Module K: First aid masterclass

Duke of Edinburgh’s Volunteering

For young people under 18, there are three options available:

Become an explorer scout and a member of a young leaders unit. Training and support will then be provided by the young leaders unit whilst the volunteering is undertaken.
Be a member of the senior section within Girlguiding UK and assist with a beaver scout colony, cub scout pack or scout troop for a fixed period of time. Training and support will be offered by the section leader and by Girlguiding UK.
Be enrolled with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and undertake volunteering with a beaver scout colony, cub scout pack or scout troop for a fixed period of time. Training should be offered by the young leaders unit. Support should be offered by the section leader and by the participant’s operating authority.Young people who are not members of The Scout Association may undertake their volunteering section within Scouting for the period required, throughout this period they will be insured and may operate as if they were members.

Whilst undertaking the volunteering section of the DofE it is mandatory to undertake appropriate training. All participants under 18 must complete module A of the young leader scheme, and an additional 2 hours of training, at each level of the DofE programme.

More Information on D of E Volunteering


As part of the young leaders’ scheme there are four missions to be completed alongside the eleven 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.

More Information on Young Leader Missions

Young Leader Belt Buckle

Once you have completed all your modules and missions you are then awarded and become entitled to wear the young leaders belt buckle.

Information for Leaders

If a young leader is doing DofE please follow the following guidance before signing the book.

The person delivering the training should sign off the training section in the DofE record book whilst the overall section should be signed off by the leader within the section. The overall section must not be signed off until the training section has been completed

More Information

For more information on the young leaders scheme in Stroud & Tetbury District please contact the District Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leaders Unit).