Learn to lead

Explorer Scout Young Leaders are Explorers who volunteer alongside adult leaders in a Squirrel Drey, Beaver Colony, Cub Pack or Scout Troop. They’re a valuable asset to any leadership team and play an active role in the section, bringing a range of fresh ideas to the table and acting as positive role models for the young people they work alongside. All Young Leaders in the Beaver, Cub and Scout section who are between the ages of 14 and 18 must be members of a Young Leaders Unit.

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 award. 


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 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!


  • Module A: Prepare for take-off!
  • 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 & 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
  • Missions

  • Mission 1: Game
  • Mission 2: Activity
  • Mission 3: Programme Planning
  • Mission 4: Delivery
  • Find out more

    Course Dates

    Please check the District Training Diary for course dates. Each course will be led by our Young Leader Training Team.

    District Training Diary

    Joining Enquiry - Young Leaders

    Joining Enquiry - Young Leaders