Young Leaders Scheme

The Young Leaders’ Scheme is just one of the exciting programme elements in the Explorer Scout 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. The Young Leaders’ Scheme helps young people 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 awards, both within and external to Scouting..


Young leaders must be between the ages of 14 and 18. They are affiliated to the Explorer Scout Section and where appropriate, wear the Explorer Scout uniform  shirt or blouse.

Young Leaders are effectively Explorer Scouts who choose to devote a large proportion of their time in Scouting to service in another section and may or may not wish to be part of an Explorer Scout Unit or attend regular Explorer Scout meetings. You do not have to be an Explorer Scout to be a Young Leader, but you must be a member of the Mersey Weaver Scout District Young Leaders Unit


Young Leader training is broken up into Modules and Missions.  There are a ten of modules that 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!

Apart from the mandatory Module A, which has to be completed within three months of starting as a Young Leader (and preferably sooner), Young Leaders are free to choose which modules they wish to work on and they can be completed in any order.

There are also 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, you will gain in confidence and become an integral part of the leadership team within your Section and Group.

Young Leaders Placement Agreement

A YL Placement Agreement helps Scout Groups, Section Leaders and Young Leaders ensure that an effective working relationship exists between all the parties involved. It is a written undertaking that deals directly with the provision for Young Leader(s) working in one or more sections within a Scout Group. It should not be confused with an Explorer Unit/Group Partnership Agreement.

It highlights the responsibilities of and requirements for Young Leaders as well as the Group Scout Leader (GSL), Section Leader, Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leader), and the District Explorer Scout Commissioner.  The Young Leaders Placement Agreement should follow the framework set out in the Scout Association guidance documentation, which provides guidelines that the Scout Group and Young Leader Unit should be aware of and adhere to.

Can I participate if I am not in Scouting or outside of Mersey Weaver Scout District?

Mersey Weaver Scout District welcomes Young Leaders from other organisations such as GirlGuiding, Cadets or those completing the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and needing to undertake their service.  Under the YL Scheme you may attend regular sessions within a Scout Group providing that you complete Module A of the Young Leader Scheme in order to fulfil the requirements of the service.

How will Young Leader training help me outside of Scouting?

ILM Level 2 Award and Extended Award for Young Leaders

The Young Leaders’ Scheme is recognised by the Institute of Leadership and Management as a Development Programme. The ILM is one of the UK’s leading providers of leadership and management qualifications. This accreditation shows the quality of the Young Leaders’ Scheme, to any external organisations that Young Leaders might apply to in the future. This reflects the value of the skills learnt through the scheme to employers.Ways in which Young Leaders can use their Scouting training to gain externally recognised awards.

Advice for Section Leaders on working with Young Leaders.

So you have a Young Leader in your Group/Section, here are some guide to help Adult Leaders get the most out of the Young Leader Scheme, for the benefit of the Group, Section and Young Leader:

I want to Register (to be) a Young Leader

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