Young Leader training is broken up into Modules and Missions. There are a ten of modules that are designed to cover all aspects of training. They help Young Leaders become aware of, and learn how to deal with various different facets of leadership within the Scouting Movement. The modules are designed to be flexible and encourage innovation, so be as creative as you can!
To be a Young Leader, there is some mandatory training (Module A) that you must complete within the first three months that covers some of the basics you need know before taking on a leadership role. This is integral as the module provides detailed information about safeguarding and child protection. A young person is more likely to disclose to someone closer to their age. It is therefore important that the ESYL is equipped with the right skills and knowledge to deal with any situations that arise.
This training covers:
- What your role as an ESYL entails
- Understanding how local Scouting is organised
- Understanding the purpose and methods of Scouting
- Understanding how our Child Protection Policy applies to you as a Young Leader and how we keep young people safe
- Understanding our rules and how these effect your actions
There are some additional modules that allow you to take your skills further and if you complete all them, can also gain you an award – which looks great on a CV or personal statement!
Apart from Module A, Young Leaders are free to choose which modules they wish to work on and they can be completed in any order.
There are also four missions to be completed alongside the ten modules These missions are designed to allow the Young Leaders to put the learning from the Modules into practice. By doing so, you will gain in confidence and become an integral part of the leadership team within your Section and Group.
Completing the scheme entitles you to the coveted young leader belt.