The next generation

of leaders

The Young Leader Scheme is one of the exciting elements of the Explorer Scouts Programme. It encourages youth members aged between 14 and 17 to support a younger section while developing their own skills.

A Young Leader can be someone who is already an Explorer Scout who is interested in starting their journey towards become in Leader or it could be a young person outside of Scouting who is working towards the voluntary element of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

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.

Scott, Scouts Scotland Commissioner (Explorers)

Young Leaders develop

  • Leadership skills
  • Experience
  • Confidence
  • Communication skills


Young Leaders are supported by a training scheme and validation system. Overall there are 11 Modules (Theory Training) and four Missions (Validation). Within three months of starting with a Section, Young Leaders need to complete “Mission A” which covers all the fundamentals, such as POR, scouting methods and understanding the role.

As Young Leaders become more involved in running the section, including running programme activities, they will meet with their local Explorer Scout Leader who will validate their learning accomplishments. When all the Modules and Missions have been completed, Young Leaders will receive a Young Leader Belt to recognise their achievement.

Training resources

You'll find a range of resources and tools to help you plan and deliver Young Leader training.

Sample training schedule

Young Leaders Scheme local contacts

UK Scout Association resources

Module resources

We've drawn from the expertise of Leaders from all over Scotland to create training resources for the 11 modules of the Young Leaders Scheme. 

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