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The Young Leaders' Scheme

We have now included much more information about the Young Leaders' Scheme in training Modules 3 and 12(A), therefore the ongoing learning module has been replaced with a number of new support resources.

It is recommended that trainers, who would like to offer additional training on the Young Leaders Scheme use the following resources:


Can a young person under 14 volunteer within Scouting?
The Young Leaders' Scheme is part of the Explorer Scout section provision and as such for a young person to volunteer in Scouting they need to be a member of the Explorer Scout section (this could be by joining an Explorer Scout Unit or a dedicated Young Leader Explorer Scout Unit). Young people can join the Explorer Scout section from 13 ½ years old. Anyone below the age of 13 ½ cannot currently volunteer within Scouting.

All Explorer Scout Young Leaders must complete Module A within three months of starting the Scheme. Module A covers information on what the Scheme is, who their support networks are, safeguarding the young people they support and themselves, child protection, safety and POR.
The following non-members may work with the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout or Scout Sections, with the agreement of the Section Leader, for a fixed period of time (as required for their level of
• Members of Girlguiding aged 14-18 undertaking a Girlguiding award with a volunteering requirement
• Young people aged 14-18 undertaking the Volunteering Section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Note: Non-members may not volunteer within Scouting until they are 14 years of age.
Non-members working with Beaver Scout, Cub Scout or Scout sections are also required to complete training similar to Explorer Scout Young Leaders, this is outlined at www.scouts.org.uk/dofe and in the Young Leaders' Scheme.


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