Badge support | Team Leader Challenge Awards
Leading a team, no matter what your style of leadership, is a true skill. Learning to lead from a young age can help young people to express themselves with confidence, to make friends and engage with new people they meet, and it is a skill for life that they will take forward into their future hobbies, education and career.
If there are young people in your section who find it difficult to work with others, this award, alongside the Teamwork Challenge Award, provides a great opportunity to help them develop skills in a safe environment. There are lots of ways to adapt the award if needed: for tips and ideas, see our guidance for leaders on the webpage for your section's Team Leader Challenge Award.
Your Programme will offer plenty of opportunities for your section to work together in teams and develop their leadership skills, which will all count towards this Challenge Award. This includes opportunities to take on a peer leadership role, like Sixer or Patrol Leader. New resources and guidance to support leadership in the sections will be announced soon.
Achieving all the Challenge Awards will allow young people to attain their Chief Scout’s Award – the top award within each section.
While there is no specific team leader award for Beavers, members of Scouting’s youngest section can work towards their Teamwork Challenge Award, which includes a leadership element. Each Beaver must demonstrate that they can be the leader of their team during an activity, game or challenge.
Giving Beavers the opportunity to lead a game that they are familiar with is a great way to develop their leadership skills and boost their confidence. Think of a popular game in the section, or assign team leaders within a group activity, such as building a tower or bridge.
Dividing your Beavers into Lodges and having the Beavers take turns to lead their Lodge is a great way to introduce leadership skills. Beavers taking on this challenge should look out for their friends in their Lodge, and can be given extra responsibilities during games or activities to challenge them. Running a Log Chew is a great way to find out what your Beavers enjoy doing and make your Programme more Youth Shaped. Young people taking the lead could be responsible for gathering their Lodge’s feedback and ideas, and making sure everyone in their Lodge contributes.
Cubs – Team Leader Challenge Award
Cub Scouts have a Challenge Award designed specifically to help them develop their leadership skills. Sixers and Seconders will naturally lead their Sixes during activities, but it’s important to make sure the other members of the Pack also get a chance to lead.
A session working towards the Hobbies Activity Badge can be a good way for Cubs to teach each other new skills: they should explain or demonstrate what their hobby is to another member of the Pack, and then help them to try it out. A team leader could then demonstrate the hobby to a larger group, like their Six, so that the skills are passed on and everyone gets a go at learning something new.
Scouts - Team Leader Challenge Award
Scouts working towards this award need to lead a team at a camp or day-long event: a step up from heading up a team for an activity or game during a Scouts evening. Being in charge for an extended length of time will give young people a real sense of what is required when in charge. It could inspire them to want to run their own Programme, or participate in #YouShape 2017 project Wear Their Necker: a chance to experience an adult volunteer role.
You can use the Taking the Lead resource to help you put Youth Shaped Scouting into practice with your Scouts section. It contains games, activities and other Programme ideas to help you make sure your section is shaped by young people.
Many of the activities make use of a team leader, including the Meeting Roles activity (p.17). In this activity, the young people must divide roles amongst themselves to ensure their meeting goes smoothly. The chair should lead the meeting, and the team, to make sure decisions are made: a great chance to see how things will work in later life.
Explorer Scouts are called upon to plan their own Programme and work together in teams often, but it’s important to make sure everyone is given the chance to lead – not just those who are naturally comfortable in the spotlight. The Taking the Lead resource is packed with ideas for team activities and Programme ideas that will help your Explorers become leaders.
Along with activity ideas, it also explains how Explorers can talk about their Scouting experience on their CV, in college and university applications and in job interviews. Being able to talk about teamwork and give practical examples of leading a team are excellent skills, and can help young people to get ahead in life at a crucial time.
For an Explorer with an interest in a particular adventurous activity, working towards gaining a permit is an excellent way to develop leadership experience. Find out more about Youth in Adventure grants, which can reduce of the cost of the permit for young people.
The Young Leaders’ Scheme is a key part of the Explorer Scout Programme, and training to become a young leader will complement the Scouting experience while helping Explorers to develop high-quality leadership skills. The scheme is great preparation for adult leadership training, which young people can start once they turn 18.
Members of network will naturally develop their teamwork skills, and get practical experience of being members of teams and running teams, by planning events or projects in their area. Find out what local Network members are planning by visiting the UK Scout Network website.
A great way to learn new things and take on new teamwork challenges when you’re aged 18-25 is by gaining an adventurous activity permit. If a Network member has an interest in an activity, including hillwalking, canoeing and climbing, they may be able to access Youth in Adventure funding that will cover 50% of course fees and travel costs, opening the process up to as many people as possible.
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