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.


YL Badge   

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.

YL Badge  

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

YL Badge  

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

YL Badge  

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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If you would like to hear more about Young Leaders, please click the link below to contact us.

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News & Blogs

As we approach the busy camp season, a reminder for all those involved in organising camps, particularly camp leaders:


Nights Away-reminder to include all adults attending & RA when sending information –including programme, to Sarah Bennett, if possible, more than 14 days before the camp starts.  Any adult sleeping over MUST have completed Safety and Safeguarding modules & have a DBS, suggested applications should be made 3 months before the event.

Remember to keep updating RA’s and share with all adults attending camp.



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Rhydd – Paul

Potholes – Apologies for the potholes, we are awaiting a delivery of plannings which are arriving this week and then the service team will be repairing them.

Car Parking – The car park on Ebury Rise has been extended to the left as you enter Ebury Rise, enabling more cars to be parked in the bad weather.

Self Led Training –

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April – for the following activities - assault course, atb's, grass sledges, bikes, waterslide, turf boards, under 8's play area, pedal karts, frisbee golf, slack line, caving, pioneering and Beaver Caving Trailer.

Saturday - 9am-10.30am - FULL

11.30am - 1pm

2pm - 3.30pm

Sunday - 9am- 10.30am – Limited spaces

11.30am - 1pm

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April – for auto belay tower and bouldering wall

Saturday –

10am -12noon – Limited spaces

12.30pm – 2.30pm

Sunday –

10am-12noon – Full

To book onto either course please email Kathy on

Activities for week nights only and campfire bookings are to be booked by emailing Kathy on, please include your meeting times when emailing. Individual sites can not be booked for weeknights but are operated on a first come first served basis when you arrive on site.

Weekend activities are to be booked on OSM please as normal.

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 From 1 January 2024, everyone will need to report safeguarding concerns directly to the UK HQ Safeguarding Team. Due to this change, we’re updating a few resources, including our Yellow Card and Safeguarding policy.

New process to follow for reporting safeguarding concerns. We’ve updated the Yellow Card, making it mandatory for everyone to report all safeguarding concerns directly to the UK HQ Safeguarding Team. The team will be on hand to reassure you and support you with your concern. Please try to give the UK HQ Safeguarding Team as much information as you can. Don’t worry if you haven’t got all the information you need – the most important thing is to make the team aware of the concern. You can read the new process and access digital and hard copies of the new resources on the Yellow Card webpage.


The Orange Card will be updated soon, in the meantime Young Leaders should continue to follow the Orange Card and report any safeguarding concerns to a Leader. You must then report those concerns to the HQ Safeguarding Team in line with the updated Yellow Card. Any young person is welcome to contact the UK Safeguarding Team directly if they have a concern.



The existing Yellow Card Poster has been updated and a new poster has been created for younger people (created alongside the NSPCC), they’ll be required to be displayed in your meeting place so all adults, young people, and parents/carers are reminded of our processes for safeguarding young people.




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County News

  • County Klatch (Conference) will now be held in late April, possibly at the 3 Counties Showground.  Carl Hankinson UK Commissioner hopefully to attend.
  • County Cub Camp will be held at Eastnor Castle with a Jungle Theme. Clashes with our own District Camp
  • Shirehike will be March 2024
  • Shirejam, date to announced shortly, possibly a 4-year rotation.
  • H & W now have joint Transformation Leads in post, John Day and Derek Barnes
  • County TA positions are being reviewed as the role will not exist after Transformation
  • Recruitment drive called ‘Bring your Grown-Up’ Useful guide on the website
  • All ACC roles are changing to Team Leaders with Accreditations
  • Roll out of First Aid Training.  All volunteer roles working directly in the sections will now require a First Aid Certificate.  This means that all current Section Assistants who do not currently need the qualification will require to complete the training.  There will however be a period of 2 years for this to be undertaken. * See below
  • Network to be redesigned and/or rebranded.  Districts to be asked what they want for their Network members.
  • 2024 Capitation Fee for Hereford & Worcester:
    • The capitation fee for the county in 2024 will be £13.50.
    • This adjustment is necessary due to the rising cost of living and our commitment to support growth within local communities and ensure consistent support across Scouts Hereford & Worcester.
  • UK HQ Membership Fee for 2024-25:
    • The UK HQ membership fee for the 2024-25 period will be £38, (£37.50 for prompt payment)
    • Districts will receive invoices from the County Treasurer in due course, facilitating the collection of payments from Groups.
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YL Training 

Roy ESL(YL) has published a full programme of Modules so that they are all offered over a 12 month cycle, with at least one Module A per term at the Training Hub in Lickhill Road.  There is a drop-in session for leaders who have YLs in their sections. 

Any YL requiring a Module A will be offered 1:1 if they are unable to attend dates on the published programme. 

The full programme is published on the WF Scouts website in the Diary section.  Don’t forget DoE young people still need their Module A within 4 weeks or as near as possible.

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