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Young Leader Training

All Scout Groups in Gravesham currently have Young Leaders working with their adult team to help deliver activities to Squirrels, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. In fact, there are over 40 Young Leaders aged between 13 and 17 providing regular weekly support; some of these also belong to Explorer Scout units, whilst others are Young Leaders only.

It is important that these volunteers undertake training and there is a series of Modules and Missions which make up the training programme which culminates in the award of the Young Leader Belt. In Gravesham we provide two of the modules, namely A, which is the introductory course and K, which is a basic first aid course. Module A is compulsory for Young Leader’s and in Gravesham we consider K to be advisable, unless a similar qualification is held. Completion of Module K also means that you get the Scout Emergency Aid badge at level 4. Training for the other Modules is provided at County level and the Missions are supervised by an adult leader at the Group where the Young Leader is volunteering.

The latest Module K was held at Hopehill earlier this month and 12 Young Leaders from Windmill Hill, Istead Rise, Riverview Park, Shorne, 1st Northfleet, 5th Northfleet, 11th Gravesend and 31st Gravesend took part The course was run by Dan Griggs, a leader with Kipling Explorers and as the pictures show it was a mixed format and included a game style activity section designed to better understand how the heart works and an exercise on attaching defibrillator pads.

The next Module K in Gravesham will be in the summer, but there will be a Module A for new Young Leaders on Tuesday 9th May from 7 to 9pm at Hopehill. If you know of a young leader who hasn’t done this module, please send their details to and I will get them on the course list.

If you have any questions about Young Leaders, please let me know at the email address above.

Dave Moesli,

District Explorer Scout Commissioner


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