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.
Becoming a Young Leader with Heswall Sea Scouts is often a person’s first step into leadership.’
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 eligible for the ILM Qualification (The Institute of Leadership & Management), which West Wirral District will fund completely if registered from the start of their training. The ILM Qualification is recognised by the universities and business community as a valuable and relevant qualification.
Giving responsibility is the key to success, especially with the rowdiest and most difficult Scouts.’
The Young Leader Training can be completed over 4 years, with all the modules running every year, they 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.