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 service in another section.


YL Badge   

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.

YL Badge  

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

YL Badge  

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

YL Badge  

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 Leader Logbook - Onwards and Upwards

The complete guide to being a Young Leader, this logbook 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
Contact Us

If you would like to hear more about Young Leaders, please click the link below to contact us.

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News & Blogs

Since September, Blackburn District has been without a dedicated District Lead Volunteer, and I have been acting as interim. I'm pleased to let you know that from today, Mark Longworth takes up the role as District Lead Volunteer

Mark has been an adult volunteer in Scouts since 2009 where he has achieved a number of successes: opening and sustainably growing St James' Scout Group to just under 60 members in under twelve months, leading and delivering on our County Cubs100 Camp in 2016, and leading an international expedition to Iceland in 2019 to name a few. 

While Blackburn has been growing since face-to-face Scouting returned post-COVID-19, we aren't yet back to our pre-pandemic levels of Scouts and it's clear that particular focus is needed on some key areas if we're going to meet our ambitions for young people in Blackburn. Mark will be in role for twelve months and I have tasked him with three key focus areas to concentrate on in that time;

  • Governance & Leadership - ensure that all the Groups have appropriate Lead Volunteers and Trustee Boards in place
  • Safety Assurance & Culture - ensuring that we're always safely delivering on our commitments to young people and volunteers
  • Bringing Blackburn Together - through District events, direct support for all and open communications

Mark will have a number of people supporting him in his new role from across the District, and I know you will add your support to that when the time is right to make sure that Blackburn can thrive and keep providing young people with skills for life. 

You can contact Mark at

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As you may know, Abid Saleh has stepped down from the role of Lead Volunteer (District Commissioner), and I have been asked to lead the search for our next inspirational volunteer to lead the District. I would like to express our sincere thanks, on behalf of the District Trustee Board, to Abid for all his hard work and dedication over the last 5 years in the role.

We are asking for nominations, including self-nominations to be made in confidence to me by Friday 20th October 2023. You can download a copy of the volunteer vacancy pack here and the nomination/application form here.

Please consider people right across the District, and even people not currently involved in Scouting who would be committed to our aims. We want to talk to the widest pool of talented volunteers as possible to lead the District through a period of significant change.

If anyone wants to talk about the role please feel free to talk to myself or Chris Taylor.

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Scouting across the town is currently suspended until the National Youth Agency readiness level for Blackburn moves to AMBER. The level is currently REd but we hope that will change in the near future.

If you want your child to join Scouting, please follow the links to our Scout Groups across the town to see if your local group has any vacancies. 

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Over 400 Scouts from right across the town came together to support their local club Blackburn Rovers against Luton Town in the EFL Championship.

The event was organised jointly by Blackburn Rovers Community Trust and Blackburn Scouts to give young people a taste of Championship football. For many of the Scouts this was their first time at a football match.

A massive thankyou to the Community Trust for inviting us along on the day ... the young people had a blast.

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Blackburn District Youth Commissioner Rhea Greenwood is launching Blackburn District Youth Council.

This is your change to:

Have your say
Make decisions and agree changes
Help make Scouting in Blackburn even better.

Doing your DofE? Complete the SKILLS section by joining the Youth Council Team.

Interested: TEXT Rhea 07599 3999931

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