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Surrey Scouts Young Leaders


 

 

“Being a Young Leader is the best thing I’ve done in Scouts. It’s brilliant. I’ve really grown in confidence and I know the skills I’ve learned will make a big difference when applying for college and jobs”

What is a Young Leader?

Young Leaders are Explorer Scouts who volunteer with a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack or Scout Troop.  As a Young Leader you’ll play a full part in the leadership of your Section’s programme.  You’ll get highly practical, hands-on experience.  You’ll be able to make progress on your Scout and DofE Awards.  You’ll stand out from your friends because of your leadership capabilities.  You’ll learn #skillsforlife.

Why be a Young Leader?

Young Leaders say they really enjoy running games, activities and parts of the programme.  As well as this:

  • You’ll bring new ideas and youth-shaped thinking
  • You’ll develop and practice your leadership, teamworking, organising and communication skills
  • You’ll gain transferable skills such as planning, problem-solving and decision-making
  • You’ll learn to take responsibility, be resilient and gain in confidence

We have Young Leaders in Scouting because they’re a vital part of Scouting’s future.  We have Young Leaders:

  • To provide positive role models close in age and experience to the young people they are leading
  • To support Section Leaders in delivering the programme
  • To create a pipeline of potential adult volunteers who have Scouting skills and knowledge
  • To, in time, increase the number of young adult Leaders
  • To enable Scouting to grow and serve more young people by having more adult Leaders

What will you gain?

You’ll gain practical skills and leadership experience which will help you stand out in day-to-day life and when you’re applying for college, university and jobs.

Want to find out more?

You can find out more about being a Young Leader by:

  • Reading through this website
  • Talking to other Young Leaders
  • Talking to your Explorer Scout Leader
  • Talking to the Youth Commissioner or Young Leader Adviser in your District.

The Surrey Scouts Young Leader Journey

Our new approach:  A stage based Young Leader’s Journey

During 2021 and 2022, we’re taking a new approach to delivering the Young Leader Award.  This new approach means you become a Young Leader by following the four Stages of Surrey’s Young Leader Journey.  The staged approach should be familiar to all Scouts from the Staged Activity badges and awards.  We’re piloting this approach in Dorking, East Surrey and Esher Districts.

What is staying the same?  What’s changing?

The core of the Young Leader’s Journey remains your week-by-week leadership of Beavers, Cubs or Scouts.  The training and other content of the Young Leader Award also remains the same.

The four Stages build on each other consecutively.  Each Stage is designed to take about three months or one term to complete, but you can take longer if you want to.  At each Stage, you’re supported by online training, by attending an online or face-to-face workshop, and by completing a Young Leader mission.

The majority of the Young Leader training is shifting from face-to-face to a self-study approach with simple online quizzes to validate learning.  This means based you can complete your training at a time that suits you.

Workshops are being introduced to help you bring together all your training knowledge and complete your Missions.  Missions do not change and will be validated by Section Leaders as they are completed.

Expectations of the pilot

The Stage based Young Leader’s Journey is expected to improve your experience of being a Young Leader, to increase the number of people gaining their Young Leader Award, and, in time, to increase the number of Young Leaders moving on to become adult volunteers in Scouting.  We are expecting to make the Young Leader’s Journey available across Surrey during late 2022.

How you’ll be supported as a Young Leader

As we introduce the Staged approach, we are focussing on supporting you to improve your experience as a Young Leader,

Support from your Section Leader

Your Section Leader is your key source of support.

Section Leaders should:

  • Get to know you
  • Introduce you to other Leaders, young people and parents to integrate you into the Section
  • Help you with your plan for completing the Young Leader Stages
  • Actively enable and positively encourage you to take a full part in the leadership of the Section. They should enable and encourage you to plan, organise and lead games, activities and programmes; attend Section meetings and Nights Away events; and contribute to programme planning meetings
  • Act as a positive role model for you
  • Support you to complete your Young Leader Missions
  • Assess your completion of your Missions

Lastly, as with any young person, the Section’s Leaders are responsible for your safety and welfare whilst you are volunteering with the Section.

Support from your Young Leader Buddy

As far as possible, we expect at least two Young Leaders to volunteer with a Section.  You’ll then be Young Leader Buddies to support each other and:

  • To meet with each other regularly to discuss what’s working well, and what you could improve on
  • To agree simple actions to improve your own and your buddy’s Young Leader experience
  • To agree simple actions to practice and develop your skills and leadership
  • To support each other to complete your YL training modules, workshops and missions

Support from your Young Leader Mentor

Each Young Leader should have an allocated Mentor, who will often be an Explorer Scout who has completed their Young Leader Award.  Your Mentor should provide feedback, encouragement and help with your Young Leader Journey.

Young Leader Mentors are expected:

  • To meet with their Young Leader mentee and get to know them
  • To provide constructive feedback and encouragement, and to share ideas and advice
  • To help their mentee develop a simple plan for completing the Young Leader Stages
  • To encourage their mentee to complete their online training, workshops and Missions
  • To celebrate their mentee’s efforts and achievements

The four Stages

The core requirement of the Young Leader Award is to play a full part in leading and delivering your Section’s week-by-week programme.  You’ll do this by planning, organising and running games, activities and parts of the programme.  You’ll be supported by completing online training, workshops and a Mission at each Stage.

 

Stage 1: Foundation and Games

How to earn Stage 1 of your Young Leader Award

  1. Complete the Essentials training and Foundation workshop, either before or within one month of starting Stage 1
  2. Attend 10 or more weekly Section meetings, and if part of the programme, your Section’s Nights Away
  3. Attend your Section’s programme planning meetings
  4. Lead at least one game for your Section at most weekly Section meetings
  5. Complete the Stage 1 online training and the Stage 1 workshop
  6. Complete Young Leader Mission 1 (Games)

How you get recognised when you complete Stage 1

  • You can wear your District’s scarf from when you start being a Young Leader
  • You’ll receive the diamond shaped Young Leader Acorn badge when you complete the Essentials training and Foundation workshop.
  • You’ll be awarded your first oak leaf badge and your Young Leader woggle when you complete Stage 1

Links to Explorers activity badges and Awards from Young Leader Stage 1

Stage 1 of your Young Leader Award links to:

  • Community Impact Stage 1
  • Your Bronze DofE Volunteering section
  • Chief Scout’s Platinum Award, International, Community and Values activities

 

Stage 2: Activities

How to earn Stage 2 of your Young Leader Award

  1. Attend 10 or more weekly Section meetings, and if part of the programme, your Section’s Nights Away
  2. Attend your Section’s programme planning meetings
  3. Help plan, organise and lead an activity for your Section
  4. Lead games and / or activities at most of your weekly Section meetings
  5. Complete the Stage 2 online training and the Stage 2 workshop
  6. Complete your first aid training
  7. Complete Young Leader Mission 2 (Activities)

How you get recognised when you complete Stage 2

  • You’ll be awarded your second oak leaf badge when you complete Stage 2

Links to Explorers activity badges and Awards from Young Leader Stage 2

Stage 2 of your Young Leader Award links to:

  • Community Impact Stage 2
  • Your Bronze or Silver DofE Volunteering section
  • Chief Scout’s Platinum Award, International, Community and Values activities

 

Stage 3: Programme Planning

How to earn Stage 3 of your Young Leader Award

  1. Attend 10 or more weekly Section meetings, and if part of the programme, your Section’s Nights Away
  2. Attend your Section’s programme planning meetings
  3. Regularly gather youth-shaped feedback from the members of your Section and share their ideas for games, activities and programme items at Section programme planning meetings
  4. Each week plan, organise and lead a game or activities at your Section meetings
  5. Complete the Stage 3 online training and the Stage 3 workshop
  6. Complete your first aid training, if not completed at Stage 2
  7. Complete Young Leader Mission 3 (Programme Planning)

How you get recognised when you complete Stage 3

  • You’ll be awarded your third oak leaf badge when you complete Stage 3

Links to Explorers activity badges and Awards from Young Leader Stage 3

Stage 3 of your Young Leader Award links to:

  • Community Impact Stage 3
  • Your Silver DofE Volunteering section
  • Chief Scout’s Diamond Award, International, Community and Values activities

 

Stage 4: Programme Delivery

How to earn Stage 4 of your Young Leader Award

  1. Attend 10 or more weekly Section meetings, and if part of the programme, your Section’s Nights Away
  2. Attend your Section’s programme planning meetings
  3. With direct supervision plan, organise and lead a part of the Section’s programme
  4. Regularly plan, organise and lead games, activities and parts of the programme at your Section’s meetings
  5. Complete the Stage 4 workshop
  6. Complete Young Leader Mission 4 (Programme Delivery)

How you get recognised when you complete Stage 4: Your Young Leader Belt

  • You’ll be awarded your fourth and last oak leaf badge when you complete Stage 4
  • Stage 4 is the completion of your initial Young Leader Journey. You will be awarded your Young Leader Belt to wear as part of your uniform.  The Young Leader Belt is one of Scouting’s Top Awards
  • In addition to your Young Leader Belt, as an adult you may wear the Young Leaders Adult Recognition Badge

Links to Explorers activity badges and Awards from Young Leader Stage 4

Stage 4 of your Young Leader Award links to:

  • Community Impact Stage 4
  • Your Silver or Gold DofE Volunteering section
  • Chief Scout’s Diamond Award, International, Community and Values activities

TRAINING: Complete your online training here

Note: Training content for the use of the pilot districts (Dorking, East Surrey and Esher) is being added as the Young Leader pilot continues during 2021 and 2022.  We expect to add the Post-module Quizzes for Stages 1 and 2 and the Stage 3 online training soon.

Young Leader training is organised to provide you with the knowledge you need at each Stage of your Young Leader Journey.

Training is best completed during the first month of your starting a Stage.  The Essentials training should be completed either before or within one month of starting Stage 1.  Because the training is self-study and online based you can complete it at a time that suits you.

Each module of training takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour and includes a post-module quiz to help reinforce and validate your learning.

Foundation and Stage 1 training

Download Foundation and Stage 1 training below:

Pre Reading for Foundation: The Surrey Scouts Young Leader Journey and Module A: Essentials, Safety and Safeguarding

Post-module quiz for Foundation and Essentials

Stage 1 training consisting of Module D: Behaviour, Module E: Running Games, and Module F: Being Inclusive

Post-module quizzes for Module D, Module E and Module F

Stage 2 training

Download Stage 2 training below:

Stage 2 training consisting of Module B: Leadership, Module C: Teaching Skills and Module J: Communication

Post-module quiz for Modules B, C and J

First Aid training

You should complete your Module K: Young Leader First Aid training during either Stage 2 or Stage 3.

You can either make local arrangements to complete your first aid training or you can complete the online training kindly provided by Hampshire Scouts.  It consists of an online session at Hampshire’s on-line Young Leader Training system and a zoom or face-to-face session.  Search Hampshire Scouts Young Leaders First Aid module

Stage 3 training

Download Stage 3 training below

  • Stage 3 training consisting of Module G: The Scout Programme, Module H: Programme planning and Module I: Being Youth-shaped.
  • Post-module quiz for Modules G, H and I

Stage 4 training

There is no specific additional training for Stage 4

WORKSHOPS: Book your workshops here

Note: These workshops are for the use of the pilot districts (Dorking, East Surrey and Esher) as the Young Leader pilot continues during 2021 and 2022.

Each Stage is supported by a Young Leader Workshop.  Additionally, at the start of Stage 1 you need to attend the Foundation and Essentials Workshop either before or within one month of starting Stage 1.  The Workshops should be completed after you have completed that Stage’s on-line training.

The Workshops are as practical as possible.  They help you develop your skills and your leadership.  They help you prepare for and plan the next stage of your Journey.

The Workshops run regularly in Surrey.  They are delivered either online or face-to-face.  New dates are added for future terms as they become available.  Each Workshop lasts between 1½ and 2 hours.

Click HERE to book a workshop

2021 workshops can now be booked.  2022 dates will go live during December 2021.

Date/Time Location Workshop Details
2021
Thu 30 Sep 7.30pm Online Foundation and Essentials workshop
Sun 10 Oct 10am Polyapes Workshop 1: Running Games
Sun 10 Oct 10am or 2pm Polyapes Workshop 2: Running Activities
Sun 10 Oct 2pm Polyapes Workshop 3: Planning the Programme
Tue 9 Nov 7.30pm Online Workshop 1: Running Games
Wed 17 Nov 7.30pm Online Workshop 3: Planning the Programme
Thu 2 Dec 7.30pm Online Workshop 2: Running Activities
2022
Tue 25 Jan 7.30pm Online Foundation and Essentials workshop
Thu 3 Feb 7.30pm Online Workshop 1: Running Games
Sun 27 Feb 7.30pm Online Workshop 2: Running Activities
Sun 13 Mar 10am Surrey Workshop 1: Running Games
Sun 13 Mar 10am Surrey Workshop 2: Running Activities
Sun 13 Mar 2pm Surrey Workshop 3: Planning the Programme
Sun 13 Mar 2pm Surrey Workshop 4: Delivering the Programme
Tue 22 Mar 7.30pm Online Workshop 3: Planning the Programme
Wed 18 May 7.30pm Online Foundation and Essentials workshop
Wed 15 Jun 7.30pm Online  Workshop 4: Delivering the Programme

MISSIONS: Complete your missions here

Note: This mission sign-off process is for the use of the pilot districts (Dorking, East Surrey and Esher) as the Young Leader pilot continues during 2021 and 2022.

The four Young Leader Missions complete each Stage.  They enable you to put everything you have learnt into practice to demonstrate your skills and capabilities.  Details of the Missions and how you could fulfil them are set out below.  Signing off your mission with your Section Leader should be the final step in each Stage.

How to get your Missions signed off

  1. Complete the Mission
  2. Download that Mission’s sign-off document from the Missions section below and follow the instructions in it

Mission 1: Games

Plan and run a minimum of three games with the section you are volunteering with.

Mission 1 Sign off document

Complete the Games Mission by planning and running:

  • Three different types of games; for example some games may be more energetic and active, while others may be more creative or reflective
  • Ideally, at least one game should take place indoors and one outdoors

You could:

  • Plan and run your games jointly with your Buddy Young Leader
  • Run a game at the beginning or end of a section night
  • Run a wide game on a camp
  • Run a game that ties into a badge the section is working towards
  • Run a game that reinforces something the section has learned
  • Agree other ideas with your Section Leader, Mentor or Explorer Scout Leader

Mission 2: Activities

Plan and run an activity (not a game) with the section you are volunteering with.

Mission 2 Sign off document

Complete the Activities Mission by carrying out the planning and organisation and delivery of the Activity and by gathering any equipment or materials needed.

You could:

  • Choose an activity badge to run as part of the programme
  • Run a segment of the camp programme, such as a pioneering activity or obstacle course, planning the route for a hike, initiating some team challenges, or organising and leading a campfire
  • Run an activity for the section, relating to one of your own interests
  • Agree other ideas with your Section Leader, Mentor or Explorer Scout Leader

Mission 3: Programme planning

Take your section’s programme ideas to a programme planning meeting.

Mission 3 Sign off document

Complete the Programme planning Mission by

  • Asking the young people in the Section to contribute their ideas for the programme
  • Capturing the ideas and suggestions from the young people and exploring how these could be incorporated into their programme
  • Attending and contributing to a programme planning or Leaders’ meeting

You could:

  • Plan and run a meeting (eg section planning forum or running activities from the YouShape resources)
  • Organise and run a forum for the young people in your section, gathering their ideas and suggestions, and feeding these back to the section leader
  • Plan and run the Sixers’ or Patrol Leaders’ forum, ensuring that the young people in the section understand how they can input their ideas into the section programme
  • Agree other ideas with your Section Leader, Mentor or Explorer Scout Leader

Mission 4: Programme delivery

Take responsibility for organising and running part of your section programme.

Mission 4 Sign off document

Complete the Programme Delivery Mission by planning and organising a selection of activities on a theme; delivering those activities; and evaluating and reviewing the activities with the Section Leader.

You could:

  • Plan and run a linking event with either the section above or the section below, working with the leaders of the sections above and below to arrange everything
  • Plan an event, night or activity, ensuring it is appropriate for the age range of the young people, and is well-suited to the venue include members of the section in the running of an evening
  • Plan and run a Challenge Award with the young people, ideally choosing one that either has not already been achieved by anyone in the section, or which has been achieved by the fewest members
  • Plan the monthly, termly or yearly programme of activities needed to achieve the award
  • Plan a camp for the section (under the supervision of a leader with a Nights Away Permit)
  • Help the young people in the section to explore a particular topic, or to develop some specific skills
  • Agree other ideas with your Section Leader, Mentor or Explorer Scout Leader

 

I want the public to know how Scouting continues to open young people’s eyes to a world of extraordinary promise and possibilities.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls