The (Explorer Scout) Young Leader scheme is designed to help 14 – 17 year olds to develop their leadership skills and gain a whole range of practical skills such as programme planning, effective communications, running games and first aid.

Most of our young leaders also take part in the Explorer Scout programme, but young people with no previous Scouting experience are also welcome to become young leaders with or without joining a local Explorer Scout Unit. Members of GirlGuiding and young people looking for something to do for the volunteering section of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award can also become young leaders.

Young leaders volunteer in our Beaver Colonies, Cub Packs and Scout Troops across Gateshead district, helping to plan, develop and deliver a wide and varied programme for the younger sections. It’s great experience for any sort of leadership role later in life and looks great on a C.V.

Gateshead Scouts offers a full programme of training for our young leaders consisting of 11 modules and four practical ‘missions’ to put theory into practice. At the completion of the scheme, young leaders are awarded their young leader belt, recognising their skills and commitment. Full details of the training available to young leaders and more information on the young leader scheme is available at Young Leader Scheme

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls