Blog | Taking Young Leader training outdoors
Last year, Scout Adventures Lochgoilhead launched weekend Young Leader courses, combining outdoors activities and leadership training to meet training requirements for this role.
The format for the weekend was designed by instructor Jamie, so we asked him to tell us more about the course and explain why the outdoors is key to developing the next generation of Leaders.
What does the course involve?
We have created a varied programme. Young Leaders will be taking part in and having the opportunity to lead activity sessions, such as rock climbing, high ropes, team building and wide games. We carefully picked the activities to match the requirements for the Young Leader’s training scheme, but opted for a practical emphasis, rather than a classroom-based programme.
It was also important to build a programme that would enable our team of instructors to pass on their vast knowledge. Our team has experience of a varied and wide range of leadership methods and techniques developed through years of coaching outdoor activities.
Why should Explorer Scouts take part in this training?
We wanted to create a safe and fun environment for teaching and learning new skills. Our Young Leaders course gives participants a basis from which they can gain the valuable new leadership skills that they can not only use when they are taking part in Scouting, but also for everyday life.
We teach this course in an active setting and we believe there is no better way to learn about leadership than experiencing it first hand through outdoor learning.
Why is it important to use the outdoors?
Taking this training outdoors helps our Young Leaders to understand how to assess risk dynamically, how to set out clear aims and objectives, and how to ensure group and personal safety.
Outdoor practical sessions also give Young Leaders the opportunity to review actively what they have done. Reviewing is an important part of leadership. Learning how to review helps Young Leaders identify if they have met their aims and objectives and reflect upon how they can improve their own activities.
Why do leadership skills matter?
Good leadership within Scouting enables us to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society. Scouting relies on effective leaders to deliver a fun, safe learning environment for our youth members.
However, leadership skills are not just vitally important in Scouting but also everyday life. Our course will set our Young Leaders up with valuable leadership skills they can use for all areas of their lives.
The next Young Leaders Weekend at Lochgoilhead will be on 22-23 February.
Look out for more dates being added later in the year.