Young Leaders


What is a Young Leader?

The scout association requires that all young people who are 14 to 18 years old working as Young Leaders in any section (beavers, cubs or scouts) register as a Young Leader; whether you are already in an Explorer Scout Unit or choose not to be.

A Young Leader can be:
  1. An Explorer Scout
  2. A Guide
  3. A DofE student
A Young Leader helps the section leader plan and run the programme. You might start by running games and teaching simple skills, but you will progress to running evenings and even whole camps.

Your first decision will be whether to help at Beavers, Cubs or Scouts. Don’t worry if you haven’t made your mind up, your leader can help you decide.

Some Young Leaders also choose to go to another Explorer Unit as well as the Young Leaders Unit. All Young Leaders have to be a member of the Young Leaders unit even if they are just doing their DofE.

Why be a Young Leader?

There are lots of benefits of being a Young Leader: it’s fun, it’s challenging and you will get to do some really rewarding activities.
  • It looks really good on your CV and is something that universities, colleges and employers are looking for.
  • It counts for the service part of your Duke of Edinburgh or Platinum / Diamond / Queens Scout Award.
Register as a Young Leader by completing this online form

We encourage you as a young leader:

  • To sign up for the Oxford Spires Young Leader Unit Facebook page (Oxford Spires Young Leader Unit).
  • To consider joining the Young Leader Unit and maybe an explorer scout unit, this is optional, see attached information sheet. They will be able to meet regularly with people of your own age group and do the DofE and other challenging scouting stuff appropriate to their age.
  • To keep us informed of any training needs you might have.
  • To find out more about the opportunities for development (,98)

If you would like further information please do contact the District Young Leader Co-ordinator, Richard Harwen, or the  District Explorer Scout Commissioner, Stuart Weekes,
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