Session 1: Young Leader Training

Module A: Ready for Liftoff?!

The first session of the training scheme lets you meet new friends who are in exactly the same position as you! It’s designed to make sure you’re ready for your next big adventure in scouting and introduce you to some new ideas which perhaps as a scout, you weren’t aware of (such as POR or the orange card).

You're in a new and different role to what you've probably experienced before. Therefore, Module A has covered the basics to what you must know as a requirement to be a Young Leader. On this page, you'll find content which reflects the PowerPoint used, as well as the PowerPoint itself, and the Young Leader Challenge which is the same as the one on the Module A: Ready for Liftoff?! handout.

It's all about fun, challenge and adventure.

The essence of what we do is all based around 5 core values. These core values are the basis of what we do and should be reflected when you run your programme in your section - the programme and general activities of the section are based around and linked to the 5 core values.

Scouting's Core Values

The core values are then used to create the why and how of scouting: the purpose and the method of scouting (the purpose is the why and the method is the how). Each of the methods are different for each section, but the purpose remains the same: 

"Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society."

The purpose of Scouting

Our promise - it's what makes us different.

We also have the scout promise - which lends itself to the core values. An alternative promise can be made by people of a different or no faith. In terms of usage, the core promise is used (as below) unless someone specifically asks to use an alternative promise, as scouting exists to encourage faith and it's role in the development in the lives of young people.

"On my honour,

I promise to do my best,

to do my duty to God and to the Queen,

to help other people,

and to keep the scout law."

The core promise of scouting

Check out the different alternative promises used for different religions/ people of no religion here.

Scouting in the UK

Scouting is overseen by The Scout Association in the UK. The scout association organises national guidelines and oversees the national structure and requirements of scouting all across the UK. Bear Grylls is our Chief Scout.

POR (Policy, Organisation and Rules) is like a giant guide for leaders which exists online to let us know what we should do and what we shouldn’t, for example, it tells us what qualifications are needed to enable someone to lead a group of scouts mountain biking, but it also gives us guidelines for what we do when we're bringing in a new member.

It's a fairly hefty document, so there is no need to memorise it or read it all, you simply should be aware it exists and know where to go to find it should you need to (as young leader, you probably won't - it's aimed at adult volunteers). You can find it at

Session Objectives

Check you:

  • Recognise the purpose, method and fundamentals of scouting
  • Know about the orange card and know how to use it
  • Be aware of POR
  • Understand the Young Leaders’ Scheme in Houghton-le-Spring

The PowerPoint

Check out the PowerPoint used in the session below:

Keeping young people safe: Orange Card

Scouting is a safe environment and it’s important that all young people stay safe - including you!

As a result, the orange card is all about protecting all young people - and that includes you. The orange card can be found here and is a set of guidelines which must be followed to ensure everyone stays safe.

Remember that situations may be misinterpreted, even if there are good intentions. To protect yourself, always look at the orange card before guidance. (e.g. if a beaver scout falls and injures their knee, before taking them aside for first aid, let someone else know where you are and remain in sight of others, or, take another person - even if it's another beaver scout!)

If in doubt, check the orange card, and if not, consult with the section leader. Click here for a copy of the orange card.

Making activities risk-free

Risk management is also part of your role, though when recognising risks, you don't have to write them into a 200 page document! Instead, simple recognise the risks and act accordingly. It could be as simple as taking a quick look around the room to check for risks before you run a game. 

The key is to make sure that you’re aware of them and you manage them, for example, if a group of cub scouts were cooking, they need to use knives and hot stoves. To minimise the risk, you could split them into smaller groups so that it is easier to manage and see any dangers which present themselves. Remember though, not every minute detail must be written down!

At the end of the session, check you have: