Young Leader Modules

The modules of the Young Leaders’ Scheme are designed to cover all aspects of training. They will help Young Leaders become aware of, and learn how to deal with, various different facets of leadership within the Scouting Movement.

The modules are designed to be flexible and encourage innovation, so be as creative as you can! As long as the aim and objectives are met, they can be delivered in any way by anybody with the appropriate training or experience.

Module A – Prepare for take-off (essentials and expectations)

This module aims to give you the essential information you will need to perform your ESYL role safely. It will provide you with the immediate skills needed to assist another section, and to understand your role. You will also discover how the Scheme works, and find out how to access further training opportunities.

Module B – Taking the lead

This module aims to introduce you to the different concepts of leadership. It will teach you how to adapt your style so you can most effectively lead different kinds of activities.

Module C – That’s the way to do it!

This module aims to give you a general understanding of how to successfully demonstrate and teach a variety of skills. It will help make that process fun, and ensure that section members enjoy the experience.

Module D – Understanding behaviour

There are a number of reasons why young people behave in certain ways. The aim of this module is to give ESYLs a basic understanding of the different behaviours that young people can display and explores some of the potential reasons underpinning those behaviours. By the end, you should be able to recognise and propose possible strategies for dealing with different behaviours.

Module E – Game on!

The aim of this module is to give you a good understanding of the importance of games in the section meeting. It will give you an idea of the different types of games that can be played, and show you when to use them to greatest effect.

Module F – Making Scouting accessible and inclusive

This module will teach you how to create an environment that is inclusive and welcoming for all young people in the section. It will give you an understanding of some different additional needs a young person might have, and show you how to make reasonable adjustments to make the programme more inclusive for all.

Module G – What is a high quality programme?

This module aims to provide you with the knowledge of what a high quality, balanced programme is and looks like for the section you support. It will help you to understand how awards and badges help to achieve this. It will also give you tips on where to find ideas for planning a high quality programme and tips on reviewing the programme to ensure that it is challenging, relevant and rewarding for each young person in the section.

Module H – Programme planning

This module aims to provide you with the skills and understanding necessary to plan and run a balanced programme for their section over a three-month period.

Module I – What did they say?

This module aims to make you aware of the importance of listening to the views of young people. It gives an overview of how to bring their ideas to life, how to adapt their ideas where necessary, and how to and involve them in the planning of their programme.

Module J – Communicate it!

This module aims to make you aware of the importance of different communication styles and the impact that the way you communicate has on others. It will look at how you can adapt your style to suit your audience, whether you’re in section meetings or leader meetings. It will also look at how to talk about the skills you are gaining through Scheme whenever talking to other people both inside and outside of Scouting.

Module K – First aid masterclass

This module aims to ensure that you have the understanding and skills to take action in an emergency situation. Training in emergency response is becoming an essential requirement for many jobs and courses. These skills are therefore invaluable for ESYLs. That’s why training in emergency aid is part of the Scheme. Given the wide availability of training courses in first and emergency aid, you will complete this module by attending a recognised training course.

Further Resources

Preparing to Lead

This is the delivery guide for volunteers who deliver the scheme. It provides information about the Scheme, a full breakdown of all the modules, missions and practical activities for bringing the scheme to life. You can purchase the delivery guide from Scout Store.

The Explorer Scout Young Leader Logbook

The logbook enables ESYLs to keep track of what they have completed in the Scheme and gives the space to reflect on their learning. It also provides some information for section leaders on what the missions are and some guidance on the next steps for completing. You can purchase the logbook from Scout Store.

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