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The Young Leader Award

Aged between 14 and 18? Do you enjoy a challenge? Why not become a Young Leader with Horsham District Scouts?

The Young Leader Award is a challenging yet rewarding scheme that can be completed during your time at Explorers. This award can be completed in as little as 18 months and is an excellent way to prepare yourself for becoming an Adult Leader or learning the basics of leading a team.

Never been a scout before? No problem! This scheme can be used for personal development or can count as the volunteering section of your DofE awards, whether it is 3, 6 or 12 months or even 4 years!

Whats Involved?

The award consists of 11 training modules and 4 evidence-based “missions” which are completed over your time as a Young Leader. If you complete the award you can achieve a set of 5 badges and a special belt buckle.

Training modules run through out the year and a full set of dates and times are kept updated below.  You can join in the training at any time of year.

Interested? – Contact “” to let us know your name, DOB, contact details for you and our parent/carer and which group and section you will be a Young Leader with (or which section you would like to be a young leader with and where would be convenient for you to volunteer) and your own Explorer Unit if you have one. We will then be in touch to help you get you started!

Complete the Training

Training for new and existing Young Leaders – don’t miss out on completing this Award!

In a bid to make it easier for all, we have put together a list of training dates. We will cover all of the modules twice – just in case you miss one! We have also spread dates and times between various evenings and weekends to enable everyone to work around other commitments.

Our Young Leader training program is led by Assistant District Commissioner Darren Spicer.  New dates are added regularly and we aim to run each module twice a year with module A 4 times a year.


Next Date Time & Venue
A – Prepare for take off TBC TBC
B – Taking the Lead

Wednesday 15th Sept

7.30 – 9pm Face to face at 2nd Southwater HQ
C – That’s the way to do it Thursday 23 September 7.30 – 9pm face to face at Slinfold Scout Hut
D – Understanding behaviour Wednesday 17th November 7.30 – 9pm Slinfold Scout Hut
E – Game on! TBC
F – Making Scouting accessible and inclusive Tuesday 18th January 2022 7.30 – 9pm Gummy’s – Beacon Hill District Campsite
G – What is a high quality programme?
H – Programme Planning TBD TBD
I – What did they say? TBD TBD
J – First Aid Masterclass TBD TBD


Could you share your experience?

We’re always looking for adult leaders to help with the delivery of the award – please contact us at if you could lend a hand. It might be you have some particular knowledge with on of the modules or you may just be able to answer some questions our young leaders have. “Meeting” a variety of local scouting faces and hearing a range of experience can really helps young leaders gain a wider breadth of knowledge.

Section Leaders – Need some support? 

If your colony, pack or troop could do with some extra support, please let us know so we can try and task some young leaders to help. Just email us or post on the Young Leaders Facebook page with details of your group, section, meeting place and times, and an email address to contact.

If you’re a new or existing Young Leader or a section leader, please join our private facebook group to keep up to date with last minute changes.


Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
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