There are many ways that participating in the Young Leader’s scheme is recognised within scouting and outside it. It can even boost your CV and give you qualifications.
The first award is for completing ‘Module A’ basic training and comprises the diamond green acorn badge.
During your time as a Young Leader, there are four missions to complete to really test your skills and challenge you to take on greater responsibilities within the leader team. As the 4 missions are completed, this is also recognised through the four bars that go around the acorn.
The pinnacle of the scheme is the Young Leader belt buckle, awarded when a young leader completes all of the modules and all of the missions. It is a prestigious award and can be worn on an adult uniform once a young leader reaches 18.
Once reaching the age of 18, many of our Young Leaders decide to take on the challenge of continuing to volunteer with our sections. For those that do, a service badge can be worn to recognise the completion of the Young Leader programme.
Taking part in the Young Leader’s scheme develops confidence, leadership, communication and teamwork skills to name but a few. It is a great example of young people working in partnership with adults to make a difference. All of these skills look great on a CV.
Young Leaders also have the opportunity to convert their learning and skills to a qualification from the Institute for Leadership and Management. You can find out more on the Scout Association website here.