Answers to commonly asked questions about the Young Leader Development Program can be found below. If the answer to your question is not provided, please contact us at yldp@nsw.scouts.com.au.

To apply for the Young Leader Development Program, you need to meet the minimum criteria:

  • Be 17 ¾ at the age of application
  • Be 18 years of age at the time of your first residential course
  • Be no more than 25 years of age at the time of your first residential course
  • Have a sponsor formation willing to assist you with your in-service training. Please note, new members will be placed with a local Scout Group with a mentor for on-the-job training
  • Be able to complete all e-Learning and residency courses within 12 months
  • Current members require a written endorsement from your current Group Leader to join the program, or equivalent peer
  • New members and current members are eligible to apply. However, please note, it is strongly suggested that Venturers who are sitting their HSC and attempting their Queen’s Scout award defer joining the program until after they have completed their HSC

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The Young Leader Development Program is a unique and rewarding scholarship program that offers unforgettable experiences and the opportunity to develop a new range of skills. The program gives current members and new members the chance to:

  • Attain a Certificate of Adult Leadership
  • Attain an optional Certificate III in Business
  • Attain an optional Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation
  • Become qualified in an Adventurous Activity of choice
  • Develop confidence and leadership skills
  • Develop team work and co-operation skills
  • Take on new experiences and adventures
  • Continue their Scouting journey and help support the next generation of Scouts

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The individual pathway allows participants to complete the early stages of the course individually, at their own pace. Participants who choose this pathway will complete online e-Learning modules at home before attending residential weekend events alongside others in the program. Participants who choose the team pathway will complete the theory requirements of the course with assistance from others in a team environment, a Facebook group, etc., before attending weekend residential weekend events.

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The Young Leader Development program requires participants to complete the program within a 12-month period. After completion, participants can choose to undertake further training to become an Adventurous Activity Leader.

Participants who choose the individual pathway can begin training after they have been accepted and a sponsor formation Group has been organised. For participants who choose the team pathway, intakes commence every quarter, starting in July 2019. The following intakes will commence in October 2019, January 2020 and April 2020.

Funding assistance will be provided for successful participants by their sponsor formation group. This will be in the form of:

  • Transportation costs to and from a residential course
  • All costs charged by the residential courses
  • Transportation costs to and from e-Learning workshops
  • All costs charged by the e-Learning workshops
  • Membership fees will be covered
  • Accommodation for all courses will be covered
  • Catering for all courses will be covered

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Funding assistance will be provided for successful participants by their sponsor formation group. This will be in the form of:

  • Transportation costs to and from a residential course
  • All costs charged by the residential courses
  • Transportation costs to and from E-Learning workshops
  • All costs charged by the E-Learning workshops.

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You can receive Adventurous Activity Leader training in areas such as bush walking, water activities, alpine activities, rock and more.

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A residential course is a weekend course that participants will attend collectively to gain necessary training skills. The number of residential courses that you will be required to attend depend on the Section they are undertaking training in.

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New members will be assisted in finding a local Scout Group to belong to and for in-service training, after being accepted into the program.

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The different types of qualifications you will receive depend on the level of training you undertake. The Young Leader Development Program offers you the opportunity to attain a Certificate in Adult Leadership in any Section, Certificate III in Business and a Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation for your choice of an Adventurous Activity. At the completion of Basic Training (and reaching the age of 18), participants can become an Adult Leader in Scouting.

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Applicants can choose to undertake training in one of the five Sections:

  • Joey Leader Training (5-8-year-olds)
  • Cub Leader Training (8-11-year-olds)
  • Scout Leader Training (11-14-year-olds)
  • Venturer Leader Training (14-17-year-olds)

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