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 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 section 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 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 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 in the form of face-to-face workshops, before attending weekend residential weekend events.

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The Young Leader Development program requires participants to complete the Base Journey and Great Outdoors Journey (if chosen) within a 12-month period. After completion, participants can choose to undertake the Adventure Journey 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.

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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 group section they are undertaking training in.

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New members will be assisted in finding a local Scout Group 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 Outdoor Recreation and a leadership qualification for 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 (lead 5-8-year-olds)
  • Cub Leader Training (lead 8-11-year-olds)
  • Scout Leader Training (lead 11-14-year-olds)
  • Venturer Leader Training (14-17-year-olds)
  • Rover Crew Leader Training (lead 18-25-year-olds)

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