Every section (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network) has
a Leader. The Leader has overall responsibility for the running of
the section. This means planning and delivering the Balanced
Programme with the help of Assistant Leaders and section
Section Leaders can choose to lead one of the following
- Beavers (aged 6-8)
- Cubs (aged 8-10½)
- Scouts (aged 10½-14)
- Explorers (aged 14-18)
- Network (aged 18-25)
Leaders are responsible for the young people in the section and
for any adults helping to deliver the Programme.
Assistant Leaders support the section Leader in delivering the
Balanced Programme. This can mean anything from helping to plan and
run games or activities, or helping to keep records up to date. The
responsibilities of an Assistant Leader will depend on their own
interests and on what they agree with the Leader.
Assistant Leaders are supported by section Assistants, as well
as by other Assistant Leaders.
All our sections need helpers. Outdoor activities and nights
away require a certain number of adults in relation to the number
of young people. So by helping out whenever they can, section
Assistants could be enabling an extra 6 (in the case of Beavers) or
12 (in the case of Scouts) young people to participate in
More importantly, section Assistants provide invaluable support
to Leaders and Assistant Leaders. Regularly attending meetings to
collect subs (fees) or to make refreshments means that the Leaders
have more time to deliver the programme to young people.
Parents and family members are encouraged, where possible, to
help out a section in some way. Some sections will organise rotas
where support can be given once or twice a term by all the parents
in the section. This should be used as an opportunity to get
involved in what the young people are doing.
Adults who have a specific skill or interest can also choose to
run a particular activity or event one evening a term. Such skills
are invaluable to Scout Groups and can usually assist young people
in gaining, or working towards, a particular badge.
Young Leader (14-18)
The Young Leaders' Scheme is designed for those aged 14-18 who
are primarily interested in helping out in one of the younger
sections (Beavers, Cubs or Scouts).
Young Leaders will be members of the Explorer Scout section,
which means that they can take part in all the activities and
opportunities that Scouting in the Explorer Unit or District has to