The Young Leaders’ Scheme is just one of the exciting programme elements in the Explorer Scout section. All young leaders in the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout and Scout Section who are between the ages of 14 (or 13.5 who have moved to Explorers) 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.
Young Leader Support
You can download our Young Leader Quick Guide (updated Jan 18 with POR changes).
Everyone who is a Young Leader in Southampton City must be registered with the Young Leader Unit (contact Iain below), and undertake some basic training (it’s not hard!), to help them complete their role well and safely.
Some Explorers help with a section while completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award’s Service. They must also register with the Young Leader unit, and complete the basic training (the training time counts as service hours), in order for their service to count for DoE.
Most Young Leaders choose to come along to our monthly meeting (details below), and receive further training and support with their role, as well as having a fun time and meeting other Young Leaders. The training we complete at Young Leader meetings helps you to progress through your Adult Leader training when you turn 18 (should you wish to take up an appointment).
Young Leaders is free for all participants aged 14-18 to attend and complete. We do recommend however that participants also join an additional Explorer Unit to get the most out of their Scouting, experience trips, adventures and international events and to achieve some of the top awards in Scouting.
Young Leader Monthly Meeting Times
Every 2nd Thursday of the month at 1st Aldermoor Scout Hut. 7:30-9:30pm
Guidance for Group Beaver, Cub and Scout Leaders
If you have a Young Leader helping in your unit can you please ensure that they contact the Young Leader Team and ensure they are registered as part of the scheme. They have 6 months to complete their Module A: Prepare for take-off (essentials and expectations) which includes safeguarding, risk assessments and other essential information.
You can also help us by sharing their record on OSM with the Young Leader Section “Southampton City: Young Leaders” to ensure we all work off the same record. Please also let us know if or when your Young Leaders move on so we can close their records too!
Interested in joining or finding out more?If you are interested in getting your child involved or finding out more, it doesn't take long to sign up! Join the adventure now!
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Congratulations to Abi for achieving the highest award available for Young Leaders, the Young Leader Belt buckle, a well deserved award for all the hard work she has put in after four years of hard work and dedication. Volunteering as a Beaver leader at the 29th Portswood Immaculata, Abi took an active role in planning their programme, running their section and organising activities and events for the young people, now taking a role as a full adult leader.
Young Leaders are still going strong, and we’ve had an influx of new members with the new term. It’s been lovely to welcome all the new faces, but we’re aware there are more out there. Just a reminder that everyone of explorer age (14-18) helping with a section, whether for DoE or scouting, needs to […]