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Harpenden and Wheathampstead District Scouts

The Young Leaders' Scheme is just one of the exciting programme elements in the Explorer Scout section.

All leaders in the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout and Scout Section who are between the ages of 14 and 18 must be members of an Explorer Scout Young Leaders' Unit. They are Explorer Scouts who choose to devote a large proportion of their time in Scouting to service in another section.


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A Young Leaders’ Badge and woggle should be awarded after completing Module A. This badge signifies that a Young Leader has completed their basic training.

YL Badge  

A mission strip should be presented after completing each mission, these are placed around the module A badge

YL Badge  

A Young Leader belt buckle should be awarded on completion of the entire scheme (completion of ALL training modules and missions).

YL Badge  

The Young Leader Service Award can be worn on the adult uniform to recognise a person’s completion of the Young Leaders’ Scheme.

The Young Leader certificate should be presented when the Young Leader either turns 18 or completes the whole scheme. The back of the certificate can be used to record which modules and missions the Young Leader has completed.

Core resources to support the scheme

Preparing to Lead: Delivering the Young Leaders’ Scheme

This is the handbook for every adult volunteer delivering the Young Leaders’ Scheme. A self contained guide to delivering the training, it provides a full breakdown of all modules and practical activities for bringing the learning to life.

  • 120 page step by step guide to delivering the scheme 
  • Contains trainer notes and practical tips
  • Appendices with additional information including the Fundamentals of Scouting and leadership styles

Young Leaders' Pocket Book - Onwards and Upwards

The complete guide to being a Young Leader, this pocket book for young people explains what to expect during training and in the role itself.  As well as tips from other Young Leaders, it outlines the opportunities, skills and rewards for taking part in the scheme.

  • Pocket size
  • 28 pages full colour
  • Everything in one place
Contact Us

If you would like to hear more about Young Leaders, please click the link below to contact us.

Young Leader Contact Us

News & Blogs

World Challenge 2018 Wine tasting and Ghana
22/01/2018 By Emmanuelle Bentley-Sanders

Dear Scouting friends 😊


As some of you will already know, during the summer of 2018 Dylan and other students from Roundwood Park will be taking part in World Challenge expedition in Zambia & Botswana. They will be out there for 28 days during which time they will have the opportunity to experience a fair amount of both countries and learn about the culture primarily by taking part in 2 community projects. Having signed up for this in November 2016, this is becoming more and more real with teams sorted, itinerary decided, flights booked and we even started with vaccination last week!

Dylan has worked hard the last 14 months to fundraise for his trip and we would like to thank everyone who has supported him along the way either by attending fundraising events or offering babysitting and other odd job opportunities. He is also lucky to have had regular work coaching tennis.

Whilst he’s doing well, he isn’t quite there yet so to help boost his fundraising efforts, together with 2 other families, we are organising a WINE TASTING Evening to be held on 24th February at Roundwood Park School.

Doors will open at 7.30pm, ready to start at 8.00pm.

Tickets are £15.00 per person and include a cheese platter, bread & crackers, pickles & chutney half way through the evening; up to 8 people per table.

See attached poster for more details.



Dylan is now also going to Ghana in July/August 2019 as part of an Expedition organised by Harpenden and Inverness Scouts. The Expedition will be based in Hohoe in the Volta region midway between the Togo border and Lake Volta. The purpose of the Expedition is to build a playground at the Volta School for the deaf in Hohoe, working with Ghanaian Scouts. The school currently has 300 deaf and 3 deaf & blind students.

The Expedition comprises of 14 local scouts and explorer accompanied by a small number of Leaders and they are raising funds to help with the cost of their trip. Please come along for a fun Quiz and a delicious Ghanaian meal on 24th March at 10th Harpenden Scouts Hut.

Tickets are £15 per person; Tables of up to 8 people.


If you would like to book tickets for either or both events, please contact me on or please respond to this email.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this and we hope you will be able to support Dylan & friends with their fundraising efforts.

Kind regards,

Emmanuelle – for Dylan 😊

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Harpenden and Wheathampstead District Scouts
District Commissioner, 65 Station Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4XF
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