Can Girls become Young leaders?
Since 2007 all Scout Sections in all Groups have been open to both Girls and Boys. We continue to see an increasing take up of Girls into all our sections in all Groups.
Can a young person under 14 volunteer within Scouting?
The Young Leaders' Scheme is part of the Explorer Scout section provision and as such for a young person to volunteer in Scouting they need to be a member of the Explorer Scout section (this could be by joining an Explorer Scout Unit or a dedicated Young Leader Explorer Scout Unit). Young people can join the Explorer Scout section from 13 ½ years old. Anyone below the age of 13 ½ cannot currently volunteer within ScoutingYou don’t have to be an adventurer like Bear Grylls to get involved with Scouting. Do you have first aid knowledge? Are you good with numbers? Handy in the kitchen? Or are you a DIY whizz? We all have useful skills and you can volunteer and help in many ways.
What Training does a Young leader need to do?
All Explorer Scout Young Leaders must complete Module A within three months of starting the Scheme. Module A covers information on what the Scheme is, who their support networks are, safeguarding the young people they support and themselves, child protection, safety and POR.
Can anyone else help run sections?
The following non-members may work with the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout or Scout Sections, with the agreement of the Section Leader, for a fixed period of time (as required for their level of
• Members of Girlguiding aged 14-18 undertaking a Girlguiding award with a volunteering requirement
• Young people aged 14-18 undertaking the Volunteering Section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Note: Non-members may not volunteer within Scouting until they are 14 years of age.
Non-members working with Beaver Scout, Cub Scout or Scout sections are also required to complete training similar to Explorer Scout Young Leaders, this is outlined at www.scouts.org.uk/dofe and in the Young Leaders' Scheme.