The Young Leader Scheme

Information for Adult Volunteers

What is a Young Leader?

Young leaders are young people aged 14-18 who invest time and effort into scouting, just like adult volunteers. They're ultimately the future of the scout association and one day, scouting will be in their hands. So, they're important young people.

Getting Someone Involved as a Young Leader

If you know someone is keen to get involved, that's great - we're always looking for more young leaders to help grow the movement!

Please get in touch with Mark Madden, District Explorer Scout Commissioner

Adult support

There are two guides for adults to help you support a young leaders adventure and to make sure they're getting the best out of it.

Awards for Young Leaders

HLS offers a range of awards for young leaders including national awards.

Module A badge

At the end of Session 1: Module A, Young Leaders will be given a square/ diamond shaped Young Leader Badge. This represents the completion of Module A - the minimum requirements of a YL.

The Young Leader Belt

The Young Leader Belt is awarded to young leaders who complete the core 4 sessions and all 4 missions. This represents the completion of the national award.

Mission Badge

The Young Leader can then be awarded a stripe which fits around the Young Leader Badge for each mission completed and signed off. There are 4 mission stripes, which when placed around the outside of the young leader badge create a larger circular 'badge'.

Young Leader Award

The Young Leader Award is a combination of the Young Leader Belt (completing all 4 missions and all Young Leader sessions) and the completion of the 4 (HLS exclusive) YL challenges. The Young Leader is awarded a YL award necker.

The Young Leader Service Award can be awarded when a YL turns 18 and the award represents service as a Young Leader and it can be worn on adult uniform.

Awards are provided by the district upon notification by a section leader/ GSL/ young leader. Groups do not have to provide these awards, only facilitate them.

Please email to nominate someone/ yourself for an award.

Any questions?

If you have any further questions, please email more info!