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Dartford District Scouts

Young Leaders


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 help out in another section.

The Young Leaders' Scheme helps Explorer Scouts to develop and grow as individuals.  It allows them to make a valuable contribution to their community and give service to others.  The scheme also helps them fulfil the service elements of their Awards.

Phantom ESU(YL)

Phantom Young Leaders was set up at the end of 2014, with the aim of having a central location for all the Explorers in the District that are taking on Young Leader roles.  

Phantom meet on the first Tuesday of the month at Scout House.

To find out more, please contact Eddie


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

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

To see the Modules and Missions, please click here

Young Leaders - Information for Beaver Scout, Cub Scout and Scout Leaders

Also available is a factsheet called Young Leaders - Information for Beaver Scout, Cub Scout and Scout Leaders.  This factsheet outlines to section leaders the role that they can expect Young Leaders to play in their leadership team.

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