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Young Leaders

Young Leaders is a programme designed to facilitate young people aged 13½ to 18 who work with a section (Squirrels, Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts) as a Young Leader. It gives Young Leaders the skills and knowledge to act as part of the section leadership team, and covers subjects such as a balanced, quality programme, Child Protection, First Aid, and leadership skills.

    Completion of the Young Leaders’ Scheme modules are based on attendance at either the County’s virtual training sessions, or face-to-face training provided by Districts. The Missions are where this learning can be put into practice within the Section they volunteer at.

    The Young Leaders’ Scheme is designed to help Young Leaders develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding need in their current role, which can be built on if they decide to take on an appointment as an adult.

    Modules list

    See below for an overview of the modules, as well as dates for the next upcoming sessions.

    Want to complete some of your Young Leader training virtually? Sign up with the form above and we’ll be in touch.


    Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
    *Module A *Module A *Module A *Module A EXAM SEASON: Good luck! *Module A
    Modules C & J Modules G & H Module B Modules D & F Modules E & I
    Young Leader Camp Module K: First Aid Young Leaders on Tour! Young Leader Day, featuring ‘Secret Competition!’ Young Leader Crazy Shirt BBQ social

    *YLs only need to complete Module A once.

    The Missions

    This part of the Young Leader training is to be completed in the sections the Young Leader supports. It is an opportunity for the Young Leader to put into practice the skills they have learnt in the modules. By completing each mission, they will develop their skills, find out which elements of leadership are their strengths, and identify skills that they may be able to further improve and develop.

    To achieve the mission 1-4 badges, Young Leaders should request a copy of the Notts Scouts’ Log Book, complete their self-reflection and then email photographs to us. We will review the reflections and then post the mission badge directly to the Young Leader.

    The 4 missions are:

    Mission 1: Game

    Plan and run a minimum of three games with the section you are volunteering with. At least one game should take place indoors and one outdoors.

    Mission 2: Activity

    Plan and run an activity (not a game) with the section you are volunteering with.

    Mission 3: Programme planning

    Take the section’s programme ideas to a Programme Planning Meeting.

    Mission 4: Delivery

    Take responsibility for organising and running part of the section programme.

    Training Facilitators

    Are you an experienced adult volunteer? Would you be willing to help facilitate and guide discussion from our Young Leaders in a Zoom break-out session?

    Our County Young Leader Training provision continues to grow and thrive post-lockdown, however with the growth in Young Leaders comes the need for additional adult support in the Zoom meetings.  We’re looking to increase our facilitator capacity in order to continue offering a high-quality, virtual training programme for our Young Leaders across Nottinghamshire. Please complete the form below and we will be in touch.

    If you have any questions, then please email Ed Hewes via: [email protected]

    Options at 18+

    Supporting all of our Young Leaders as they transition onto the adult training scheme is one of our key priorities. Therefore, all Young Leaders who register via the sign up above will receive an email close to their 18th birthday to offer guidance with their options at 18. We encourage all of our Young Leaders to work with their District Training Team so that they can provide tailored, local support.

    If you have any questions, then please email Ed & Jane via [email protected].