4th Heswall

Young Leaders and Explorers

Once our members reach the age of 14 their Scouting adventure doesn’t have to end…

Scouting at 4th Heswall St. Peter’s is available to boys and girls aged 6 to 14, upon reaching 14 our Sea Scouts sadly have to leave the troop and join Explorers.  However, at 4th Heswall we have a superb Young Leader Programme led by our Group Scout Leader, supported by our section leaders and assisted by District and County training.

The Young Leader Programme is designed for young men and women aged 14 – 18 years, we encourage our Young Leaders to become junior troop leaders by assisting with our Beaver Scouts, gradually developing their role through training, programme planning and event experience.

Building confidence they progress to Cub Scouts, organising games, activities, meetings and events. Finally our Young Leaders assist with our Sea Scout troop, working closely with the adult leaders they encourage our Sea Scouts to be their best using the knowledge, skills and experience they learnt at 4th Heswall to train our Scouts to become young leaders themselves.

As they progress through the sections as a young leader they write up their experiences and thought processes in the form of the four missions.

Becoming a Young Leader with Heswall Sea Scouts is often a person’s first step into leadership.’

Education First

We recognise how important it is to develop responsible, respectful and active young people and we are as committed to character development as we are to academic excellence. Young leaders in years 11 and 13 are encouraged to stay at home and study during exams. After the exams we arrange an all out session of mayhem and shenanigans especially for the exam years.

Experience, Knowledge, Training

This combination of great experiences, shared knowledge and tailored training, ultimately enables Young Leaders at 4th Heswall to become full Leaders in their own right, and more importantly well balanced young adults and excellent role models for our future leaders across all our sections.

On completion of their training the young person will gain their Explorer Young Leader Buckle and be able to wear their captains cap at meetings and formal events.

Giving responsibility is the key to success, especially with the rowdiest and most difficult Scouts.’

Robert Baden-Powell


The Young Leader Training can be completed over 4 years, with all the modules running every year, the young leaders can choose when is best for them to take part so it does not clash with their studies and before they leave for University.

We know their time at 4th Heswall provides a superb base that supports being a well rounded individual. On their return to the area, many of our young leaders assist with our group again once they have completed their academic dreams.


This academy style approach will help secure the legacy of the 4th Heswall St. Peter’s Scout Group for future generations and enable us to be more, do more and share more. As a young leader they have the opportunity to plan and deliver programmes and events for our Cub Scout and Beaver Scout sections, and assist our leaders at events and camp.

Some Young Leaders are also Explorer Scouts, combining their experience and knowledge to become a complete Scouting leader.  Whilst volunteering their time to our Scout Group our Young Leaders are able to successfully fulfill their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold awards volunteer criteria.






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.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls