Young Leaders

The Young Leaders' Scheme is just one of the exciting programme elements in the Explorer Scout section.

All leaders in the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout and Scout Section who are between the ages of 14 and 18 must be members of an Explorer Scout Young Leaders' Unit. They are Explorer Scouts who choose to devote a large proportion of their time in Scouting to service in another section.


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A Young Leaders’ Badge and woggle should be awarded after completing Module A. This badge signifies that a Young Leader has completed their basic training.

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A mission strip should be presented after completing each mission, these are placed around the module A badge

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A Young Leader belt buckle should be awarded on completion of the entire scheme (completion of ALL training modules and missions).

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The Young Leader Service Award can be worn on the adult uniform to recognise a person’s completion of the Young Leaders’ Scheme.

The Young Leader certificate should be presented when the Young Leader either turns 18 or completes the whole scheme. The back of the certificate can be used to record which modules and missions the Young Leader has completed.

Core resources to support the scheme

Preparing to Lead: Delivering the Young Leaders’ Scheme

This is the handbook for every adult volunteer delivering the Young Leaders’ Scheme. A self contained guide to delivering the training, it provides a full breakdown of all modules and practical activities for bringing the learning to life.

  • 120 page step by step guide to delivering the scheme 
  • Contains trainer notes and practical tips
  • Appendices with additional information including the Fundamentals of Scouting and leadership styles

Young Leader Logbook - Onwards and Upwards

The complete guide to being a Young Leader, this logbook for young people explains what to expect during training and in the role itself.  As well as tips from other Young Leaders, it outlines the opportunities, skills and rewards for taking part in the scheme.

  • Pocket size
  • 28 pages full colour
  • Everything in one place
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News & Blogs

NEScout welcomed The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Climate change skills workshop and then headed to COP26

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined a lucky group of Scouts in Glasgow before COP26, where they learned skills about sustainable transport, planet friendly cooking and rewilding with the young people. This involved refurbishing bikes to provide a low carbon option for local commuters, cooking plant based food and making seed bombs. Among those Scouts present at the workshop, was 12-year-old Lewis Howe, a member of 1st Laurencekirk Scout Group from the North East of Scotland. Lewis was chosen as a #OneStepGreener Ambassador after using the skills learned in Scouts to raise awareness of food wastage in schools.

In the lead up to becoming a #OneStepAmbassador, Lewis emailed all schools in Scotland suggesting an action plan to not only reduce food waste but use surplus food to create meals for those in need. He is now working with his scout leaders, local MSP's and his school to push his idea forward and challenge all Scottish schools to put their food waste to better use. Lewis has asked Aberdeenshire Council to consider piloting the scheme at his own school, Mearns Academy in Laurencekirk and is waiting to hear back. In the meantime, Lewis is starting to fundraise to buy equipment needed for the pilot.

Lewis, 12, said “I met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who were really interested in my project and asked lots of questions.  They knew I had cycled 5k for 50days during lockdown to raise money to put towards an end of lockdown activity so we talked about that. They asked me what badge was the hardest to earn and I said it was my environmental. We made seed bombs and spread them in the grass. It was great to meet them, they were very nice and it was a fun afternoon”.

Guiding the Royal’s visit in Glasgow, Scout volunteer Eddie O'Rourke said “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met Scouts taking part in our #PromiseToThePlanet campaign. They were a real inspiration to all the Scouts that are working hard to make changes to protect the planet. It’s great to see the Duke and Duchess work with our young people and recognise that everyone is capable of helping and everyone’s effort is important in the fight against climate change.”

On top of meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lewis attended the COP26 conference in Glasgow to showcase his idea and learn more about what others are doing to help climate change. Lewis met Scouts from all over the world as well as members of the Scouts Community Impact Group.  He also met personally with Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland to discuss his idea.

On his time at COP26, Lewis said “It was good to meet all the other Scouts at COP26, they were really friendly and wanted to hear about what I had been doing.  There was lots to see and do at the green zone and I was really interested in visiting the space4climate exhibition and learning about how space is helping climate change, now and in the future. I would encourage people to make their #promisetotheplanet – if they have an idea put it out there.

Lewis’s Leader Paul Quigley, 1st has been supporting Lewis since the beginning of his project and said “The fact that Lewis has taken on this challenge with mainly his personal initiative shows that he is keen and passionate about climate change and reducing food waste. We are proud within our role as leaders. Lewis is a true role model for youths and even us leader to keep learning and improving the world around us by our actions.”

The Scout’s #PromiseToThePlanet” encourages 57 million Scouts from nearly every country in the world to take a stand and work towards a better world by taking action to reduce climate change. The initiative covers four key areas: recover, recycle, reduce and rethink Scouts in India have been replanting forests, in Ivory Coast clearing plastics from beaches and solar water disinfection in Mexico.

North East Scotland Scouts commented, "Lewis has worked exceptionally hard to drive his initiative through from an idea right through to clear actions on his part. Using the skills learned during his time with Laurencekirk Scouts, Lewis is a shining example of what it means to live by our organisation's values and how we as an organisation, help young people to do more, be more and share more by giving them the skills needed for life."

From tackling climate change to learning about morse code, Scouts offer over 200 adventurous activities and the chance for people of all ages to be more, do more and share more. Scouts gives people of all ages to learn the skills needed for life and to have one in a lifetime opportunities, both at home and abroad. You can enrol your young person or join as an adult volunteer by checking out today and filling an application.

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Following the recent announcement from the Scottish Government relating to some easing of restrictions and in line with the strategic framework, I have been working with YouthLink Scotland to update the guidance for Youthwork Activity in Scotland. I can confirm that Scouting in Scotland (along with other youth work providers) will be moving back to the Amber readiness level from Friday 12 March 2021.

As you will be aware youth work continues to link closely with schools and therefore, from tomorrow, we will move to Amber with groups allowed to meet outdoors in group sizes of 15, this includes young people and adults.

From tomorrow you will be able to operate within your local authority until further information is made available about the updated level system later in April. This can include non-contact outdoor activity. However, group travel as part of the activity e.g. outings and trips, is currently not permitted. Please note that adults can cross Local Authority boundaries to get to their normal meeting place.

I am still working with the Government on longer term plans for camping and larger group sizes but we expect these to be introduced steadily throughout the summer. We hope that this will be a phased approach and we will keep you advised.

As with the strategic framework, all target dates are subject to the vaccination programme continuing at the same rate and the rate of infections reducing across the country.

Physical distancing should be maintained at all times between adults, between adults and children/young people and between young people aged 12 and over. This is currently 2m. Youth work leaders should consult the latest Scottish Government guidance for the current default position for physical distancing, including the rules for children aged 11 and under and those aged 12+. Leaders should also continue to follow FACTS. Face coverings are optional outdoors, unless physical distancing can’t be maintained for short periods.

We always need to consider the risks as we’re dealing with different strains of the virus and the majority of people at our meetings will not have been vaccinated yet. Outdoor meetings are being relaxed initially due to the lower risk of transmission outdoors, and we would recommend meeting outdoors where you can, in the spring and summer months.

Taking part in Scouts is voluntary for all leaders and young people and nobody should be pressured to return to face-to-face meetings before they are comfortable doing so. We hope that by the spring every young person is able to take part in Scouting provision whether that be online or face-to-face.

In order to make it easier for Leaders to restart, we have simplified the guidance on equipment sharing and we have clarified how our adult supervision rules apply when operating multiple limited size groups close together. This can be found here.

Scout Network organised activity can be carried out in line with these updated guidelines, but adult only groups must continue to adhere to household rules that from 12 March 2021 will be a maximum of 4 adults from 2 households.

If Groups have had an amber risk assessment approved this will still be valid, but we’d encourage them to review their risk assessment before meeting again. There is no requirement to resubmit the risk assessment to Districts for approval unless they’re making a big change to the way they plan to operate. For those Groups who have not yet had an Amber risk assessment approved then this should be submitted to your District Commissioner before any face-to-face contact can take place. Make sure you've read all of the details about getting back together safely and protecting ourselves and others.

Please remember too, that all adults in your leadership team must have up-to-date training in Safety and Safeguarding, before they are permitted to participate in face-to-face meetings.

This news is welcome and is the first step in what we hope will be a gradual reintroduction to activities and I will continue to work with external organisations and our UK Team to make sure that we do everything to make the process as seamless as possible.

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The Royal Navy’s Area Engagement Team aim to engage with young people from diverse sections of the community and provide a better understanding of the roles which the Royal Navy undertake. The team offer the opportunities for young people to enhance and develop various skill sets such as team building, leadership and communication through any online platform, a good addition to a zoom programme.
The team have assured us that their job is not to recruit, it is to help stimulate the minds of young persons through relevant sessions and to enrich their understanding of the Royal Navy with some fun and learning, they are happy to discuss any particular concerns before any session.
The team consists of regular and full time reservists. They all come with various experience and adventures to talk about. They also have different trades and backgrounds within the Service, including a submariner, aircraft engineer, mine warfare specialist and a chef.
They can deliver virtual webinars on the following:
1.      Webinars on how the RN operates/its roles
2.      Webinars about Leadership, Team building and Communication
3.      Various presentations on life in the RN, HMS Queen Elizabeth, Humanitarian aid etc     
4.      Q&A on requested related subjects
5.      Virtual cookery lesson
They are able to present on most of the virtual platforms which are available. These presentations would be most suitable for Scouts, Explorers and Network troops. The team are available anytime, including evenings and weekends.  
If you would like to find out more about the sessions or book one of your Group, please contact Ken Sutherland via email:


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The Red Cross is happy to announce they are back and delivering educational workshops to the North of Scotland. The team in community education has been working hard over the hiatus and they have added two new workshops to our catalogue, all of which are now available both face to face and digitally! This means that their workshops are now available for those groups which were previously difficult for them to reach due to the ciurmstances.

The digital offer is free to all Scout Groups, and extends to all your Scout, Explorers and Network Sections, these sessions can be delivered over Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Note: this content is not available for Beavers or Cubs at this stage.

Their current catalogue includes:

First Aid

A digital workshop where you will learn essential first aid skills. We will introduce you to the work that we do in the UK, help you to build the confidence and willingness to help someone in an emergency, using everyday objects that you have around you. We also show you where to get support if you have an injury or illness. Our First Aid sessions fulfil the criteria for your level three badges, although consideration should be given as to whether or not all the objectives can be achieved online.

Empathy and Migration

A digital workshop to learn more about the people in your community. We’ll look at the different reasons people leave home, help you to develop empathy about migrants' motives for moving and understand the obstacles they face in their new homes. We can help you to challenge assumptions about migrants, asylum seekers and refugees as well as develop mutual respect and understanding of your community by using stories to build empathy.

Tackling loneliness

Anyone can experience feelings of loneliness, especially now. This workshop teaches young people what loneliness means and explores how loneliness can be experienced even in a crowded room. We encourage learners to use creative activities, such as telling or writing stories, to overcome loneliness in themselves as well as reaching out to others who might be feeling lonely. The young people will explore strategies to reduce loneliness, including talking to a trusted adult of friend, or joining clubs to increase and strengthen friendships.

You can find out more about our digital offers and book them at:
For face to face sessions just get in contact with James and he can arrange some provisional dates.

If you have any questions about any of our offers feel free to get in touch with James Dickie Community Education Coordinator for North East Scotland by email


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From 12pm (17 July) we are moving to the Amber readiness level in Scotland. 
So we can begin to deliver face to face activities you must complete your risk assessments and get all the relevant approval by your line manager. 
This means for most Scouts in the North East of Scotland you can now organise COVID-19 safe face-to-face activities outdoors only with a maximum group size of 15, including Leaders.
Make sure you read all of the guidance and steps that must be taken before any face-to-face activity can begin:…/change-to-the-covid-19-readiness…/
Should you require your DC's contacts check out the 'Meet the Teamsection. 
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