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Swindon North Young Leaders


Welcome to the section for Swindon North Young Leaders

Being a Young Leader is not about just training - it's about having fun whilst helping other young people get the most from Scouting.

5 Reasons for becoming a Young Leader:

  1. Complete the Skills or Community Sections of the Duke Of Edinburgh Award
  2. Want to help lead activities for younger sections
  3. To learn about how to be an effective leader 
  4. Looks good on the CV - demonstrates that you have what it takes to lead a team or be a team player
  5. It's fun, exciting, and you get to take part in Scouting Opportunities within a Scout Group, District, and across the UK.

Interested yet?

Good! Why not take a look at our Young Leader Hub to find out more. The Young Leader Hub will also have our programme/meetings, which you can sign up to attend YL training.

If you would like to speak to someone about Young Leaders - please click here to contact us. To register to become a young leader, sign up here.

Signed up but nowhere to go?

We have groups that are keen to have Young Leaders supporting their sections. Please find the groups requiring help and the contact details of the Group Scout Leader - contact them direct.


DofE Volunteering as a Young Leader

The below is taken from a circular from Scout HQ:

Volunteering section
We’ve recently had a number of queries about volunteering within Scouting for the volunteering section of Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

1. Can existing Scout members under 14 years old volunteer within a section?

No. Scout members under 14 years old should not be volunteering as a Young Leader with any section. Once they move up to Explorer Scouts, they can become an Explorer Scout Young Leader and volunteer within either a Beaver Scout, Cub Scout or Scout section. This is the case for those volunteering for any Scouting Top Award (including DofE).

2. Can non-members under 14 years old volunteer within a section for their Bronze Award? What is the process for this?

No. Non-members cannot volunteer within any sections until they are 14. Non-members can volunteer with either a Beaver Scout, Cub Scout or Scout section when they are aged 14-18 for a fixed period of time as required for their award. This must be in agreement with the Section Leader.

3. Are non-member volunteers doing their DofE covered by insurance?

Yes. When the non-member is taking part in any Scouting activity either within the meeting place or outside they are covered by Public Liability insurance. They are not covered for personal accident by The Scout Association.

4. What training do Young Leaders need to do for their DofE?

It is compulsory for Explorer Scout Young Leaders to complete Module A within their first three months of becoming a Young Leader. This is the minimum requirement for a Bronze DofE Award or for the first DofE level a participant takes part in. If Module A was completed for their first award, then additional training would be expected for other levels, for example First Aid. Explorer Scout Young Leaders should be made aware of resources available and be given a copy of the Orange Card. This also applies to non-members operating as Explorer Scout Young Leaders whilst undertaking their volunteering section of an award.

5. Do non-members need to do any training whilst they are volunteering at a section?

Yes. Non-members are also required to complete training similar to Explorer Scout Young Leaders as outlined above. More information can be found in Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR) Rule 4.37 - The appointment of Young Leaders and in the DofE Leader Support Pack

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