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Young Leaders

14-18 years

Young Leaders are Explorers who volunteer alongside adult leaders in a Squirrel Drey, Beaver Colony, Cub Pack or Scout Troop. They're a valuable asset to any leadership team and play an active role in the section, bringing a range of fresh ideas to the table and acting as positive role models for the young people they work alongside.

Who takes part

Although the scheme is usually taken on by Explorer Scouts looking for a new challenge, young people from outside Scouting can also participate if they are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards or Queen’s Guide Award. 

They can do this by volunteering as non-members for a set period of time. For example, if they are completing their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award, they can volunteer as a non-member for three to six months (the time required for the Bronze DofE volunteering section).

Top Awards

As well as developing valuable life skills, the scheme is an opportunity for Explorers to make a positive impact in their communities and to fulfil the service elements of many of the top awards in Scouts, including King's Scout Award, Chief Scout's Platinum Award, Chief Scout's Diamond Award as well as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Recognition of achievement is available along the way, and on completion of the Scheme, the Young Leader is awarded with an Explorer Scout Young Leader belt buckle.


Young Leaders' Scheme

Find out more about the scheme

The Modules

ESYLs undertake 11 modules as part of their training.

Discover the 11 Modules

The Missions

As part of the Young Leaders' Scheme there are four missions to be completed alongside the 11 modules.

Discover the 4 Missions

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Charity Information

Maidstone West District Scout Council

Charity number: 1022011

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Youth Sections

Squirrels
4-5 years
Beavers

6-8 years
Cubs

8-10½ years
Scouts

10½-14 years
Explorers

14-18 years
Network

18-25 years

Upcoming events

Kent Scouts - Network Taskmaster
19th June 2024

Cubs Water Activity Day
22nd - 23rd June 2024

Beavers - Coastal Chaos
29th June 2024

Rafting Unleashed!
30th June 2024

Rollercoaster Madness!
13th July 2024