Southampton City Scouts News

Young Leader Unit

Posted on Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leaders)

Iain Redmill


Unit Meetings

Second Thursday of each month @ 1st HQ

Meeting times: Main Meeting (all members): 8:00-9:30

New members (Module A):7:30-8:00 – takes 2 meetings to complete.


Posted on Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Further information on the training simply go to the following link:

Young Leaders

Or download the Young Leader Logbook for lots of useful hints and tips for the modules and missions here:

Young Leader Logbook


Posted on Sunday, June 26th, 2016

How do I join Young Leaders?

Contact Iain (above), and come along to one of our meetings.  Come along at 7:30 to start your Module A (essentials) training.

What is Module A?

Module A is the first part of your Young Leader training, and covers the basics you need as a Young Leader to start helping at a section.  You need to cover this within three months of becoming a Young Leader.  In Southampton, we run this at the start of the Young Leader monthly meeting, and it takes two meetings to complete.  You need to complete module A to be a Young Leader or a Duke of Edinburgh helper.

When you complete your module A, you receive this Young Leader badge to wear on your Explorer uniform.


I know where I want to help, is that OK?

Yes!  Please discuss it with the section leader, to make sure they are happy to accept you, and that they have enough space (sections can usually only accomodate a certain number of young leaders).  Then contact Iain (above), and come along to a meeting!

I don’t know where I want to help, but I want to be a Young Leader – is that OK?

Yes!  Please get in contact with Iain (above), and he’ll put you in touch with a section that needs help.

I already attend an Explorer unit, is it OK to also be a Young Leader?

Yes!  Young Leaders can be members of both an explorer unit (where they are a participant), and join the Young Leader unit (where they train to be a Young Leader), and help out with a section (as part of the leadership team).

Some Young Leaders decide just to be a Young Leader, and not participant in an Explorer Unit.  This is OK too.

I’m just about to leave scouts, can I start being a Young Leader straight away?

Yes!  You can start your Young Leader Training straight away with the Young Leader unit, and if you are planning to join a Beaver or Cub unit, you can join them as soon as you are ready.  If you want to help with a Scout Troop, you may start the training immediately, but must have a six-month break before you return to the Scout section as a Young Leader.  Contact Iain if you want to help somewhere else in the meantime.

I can’t come on a Thursday night – how to I do my module A?

Please contact Iain about this.  We run right through the holidays, when many other clubs/committments finish, and this allows a lot of people to be occaisional attendees at the Young Leader Unit, while maintaining their other interests, and we can be flexible if needed to ensure that a new Young Leader can complete their Module A.

I’m a section leader – how do I know if my young leader is attending the Young Leader unit and has completed module A?

Please contact Iain – he will confirm registration and attendance if needed, and help you out with any other queries/problems you may have regarding young leaders.  No question is too silly (even down to sleeping arrangements for camps/holidays, what can a YL do, ratios etc), someone else will have asked it before!

Roll of Honour: Young Leader Belt – Abi

Posted on Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Southampton City Scouts have recently honoured the achievements of one of their young people who has been leading the younger sections for nearly four years, working towards the highest award available for ‘Young Leaders’ (14-18 year old Explorer Scouts who as part of their Scouting are volunteer leaders with younger sections) – the Young Leader Belt Buckle.

This dedicated young lady has shown consistent commitment and reliability in helping the younger scouts to reach their potential. She has taken a part in planning events for the 29th Immaculata Beaver Scouts (who meet in Portswood), helped to run the section, running activities and events for the young people. She has completed a training programme to equip herself with the skills to go forward as an adult leader at 18. Through her volunteering in Scouting, and the training programme she has completed, she qualifies for an award from the prestigious Institute of Leadership and Management, which will help Abi prove that her scouting skills are transferable to the workplace.

Abi has now reached the end of her time as a ‘Young Leader’ and his Explorer Scout Leader – Iain Redmill is pleased that she will be continuing to volunteer in an Adult Role now she is 18: “Abi is a very competent new leader who is a credit to the district, helping provide an active programme of opportunities for the local young people.”

‘So much of who we are as an adult is formed when we are kids,’ said Bear Grylls (the current UK Chief Scout). ‘What Scouting says to people is: “it’s okay to go for it in life”‘.

Young Leaders

Posted on Thursday, September 17th, 2015

The Young Leaders’ Scheme is just one of the exciting programme elements in the Explorer Scout section. All young leaders in the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout and Scout Section who are between the ages of 14 (or 13.5 who have moved to Explorers) 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.

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.

Young Leader Support

You can download our Young Leader Quick Guide (updated Jan 18 with POR changes).

Everyone who is a Young Leader in Southampton City must be registered with the Young Leader Unit (contact Iain below), and undertake some basic training (it’s not hard!), to help them complete their role well and safely.

Some Explorers help with a section while completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award’s Service. They must also register with the Young Leader unit, and complete the basic training (the training time counts as service hours), in order for their service to count for DoE.

Most Young Leaders choose to come along to our monthly meeting (details below), and receive further training and support with their role, as well as having a fun time and meeting other Young Leaders. The training we complete at Young Leader meetings helps you to progress through your Adult Leader training when you turn 18 (should you wish to take up an appointment).

Young Leaders is free for all participants aged 14-18 to attend and complete.  We do recommend however that participants also join an additional Explorer Unit to get the most out of their Scouting, experience trips, adventures and international events and to achieve some of the top awards in Scouting.

Young Leader Monthly Meeting Times

Every 2nd Thursday of the month at 1st Aldermoor Scout Hut. 7:30-9:30pm

Contact Young Leaders

Young leader meeting are led by Iain. If you have a general enquiry. Please click here to send an email.

Guidance for Group Beaver, Cub and Scout Leaders

If you have a Young Leader helping in your unit can you please ensure that they contact the Young Leader Team and ensure they are registered as part of the scheme.  They have 3 months to complete their Module A: Prepare for take-off (essentials and expectations) which includes safeguarding, risk assessments and other essential information.

You can also help us by sharing their record on OSM with the Young Leader Section “Southampton City: Young Leaders” to ensure we all work off the same record.  Please also let us know if or when your Young Leaders move on so we can close their records too!

Young Leaders Going Strong

Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Young Leaders are still going strong, and we’ve had an influx of new members with the new term. It’s been lovely to welcome all the new faces, but we’re aware there are more out there. Just a reminder that everyone of explorer age (14-18) helping with a section, whether for DoE or scouting, needs to be registered with the Young Leader unit (contact me below) and complete their basic training (just like adult leaders). To get in touch with Iain (ESL(YL)), please drop an email to:

Young Leaders will continue to run on the second thursday of every month at the 1st Headquarters, and we encourage you to send your young leaders along so that we can train then up for you! If you would like a Young Leader, or are just interested in how it works to decide if you could accomodate one, please get in touch with Iain also.

There are plenty of resources for adult leaders who have a young leader in their section, available from Iain or the Scouts website here.

I’ve just revamped the Young Leader page of the District website, with useful info for prospective members. If there is information you would like to see on there, please drop me a line.

If you want to discuss how to stretch your Young Leader, or what they might be capable of (or to discuss any queries or problems, or even how they should show in Compass when it launches), please drop me a line or give me a call – email above, phone details in the District Directory.

Iain Redmill
Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leaders)