The Scout Association’s Young Leaders’ Scheme

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Members of The Scout Association aged 14 – 18 (Explorer Scouts).


Young Leaders are young people in scouting aged 14 – 18 who volunteer in a leadership role with members of the younger sections of scouting aged 6 – 14.  The Young Leaders' Scheme allows participants to develop their leadership skills and gives them the opportunity to push themselves. It allows them to make a valuable contribution to their community and give service to others.

Education context

The Scout Association is the UK's largest mixed youth organisation. They offer 6 – 25-year olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, leadership opportunities, and everyday adventure whilst helping others to ensure that young people are able to make a positive impact in communities.

Awarding providers
  • The Scout Association

There are ten training modules and four missions (assignments) to complete in order to achieve the Young Leaders’ Award.

Subject areas

The training modules cover areas such as leadership styles, managing difficult behaviour, planning and delivering a programme of activities, supporting young people with additional needs, facilitating youth empowerment, communication, and first aid.

The missions are ways to demonstrate that Young Leaders are able to put their training into practice, and include activities such as planning a programme of activities for young people, running activities for young people, and participating in a planning meeting with the adult leadership team.


The Young Leaders’ scheme is for young people in scouting aged 14 – 18 who volunteer in a leadership role with the younger sections of scouting.


Completion of the Young Leaders’ Scheme modules are based on 100% attendance. Participants must attend and actively take part in ten training sessions. The four missions (assignments) are where this learning can be put into practice. Once all the training sessions and missions have been completed, the award is signed off by local volunteer manager.

Programme size

There are no stated number of hours expected in order to complete the scheme. Estimated learning hours for the ten training modules is up to 24 hours. In addition Young Leaders must complete four missions, which will take varying amounts of time to complete, depending on the way in which the Young Leader chooses to demonstrate their learning in practice. Further information on the missions (assignments) Young Leaders undertaken can be found at

Key issues for UK HE admissions

 Young People taking part in this scheme will develop a number of skills, such as:

  • Practical leadership skills
  • Communicating with people of different ages
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and resilience
  • Proven commitment
  • Able to cope with true responsibility
  • Ability to plan
  • Confidence to challenge and make decisions
  • Ability to promote positive behaviour of young people
Timing of assessments and results

On completion of the training and assignments, or when they reach 18 years of age.

Qualification dates notes

This award is current.

Certification information

The Young Leader certificate should be presented when the Young Leader either completes the whole scheme, or when they reach 18 years of age, indicating which sections of the training they have completed.

Progression information

If the participant chooses to continue onto the Adult Training Scheme at 18, the learning gained as part of the Young Leaders’ Scheme can be recognised. This allows them to take on adult apppointments within scouting.

Further information