So you're a Young Leader, but what does this mean in the real
Being a Young Leader is rewarding and fun. There are so many
skills that you learn and develop through being a Young Leader
that are transferable into your school / college life or, later
on, into the workplace. These skills include;
- Team-working and team-building - you work as a team with
the small group of Guiders in your unit, and as part of your
wider District team.
- Leadership - you lead activities, games and discussion, with
the whole unit and with smaller groups or individuals.
- Organisation and planning - together with the other leaders
in your team, you organise weekly meetings based on the principles
and programme of Guiding, and you may also be involved with
the planning of other events such as District events and holidays
- Basic record keeping and accounts - you may be asked to keep
individual records of the girls up to date, or be asked to keep
the unit accounts for a period of time, or for a specific project
i.e. for a holiday / camp. You should also keep a record of
your own progress as a Young Leader through the various schemes
offered to you.
- Communication skills - as a Young Leader you should keep in
touch with your unit Guiders, your Young Leader Guider / Adviser,
the girls you work with, and maybe also your District Commissioner
and other Guiders within the District. This develops a variety
of communication skills that can be both formal and informal.
Other skills and characteristics that you may develop through
your time as a Young Leader include;
- Using initiative
- Responsibility ·
- Awareness of citizenship and community, including the global
community of Guiding
For more information, please ask your District Commissioner or
Young Leader Adviser for a copy of the Guide Association leaflet
"When The CV Says Guiding".
Under pressure - how can you fit everything in?
There may be times when you are a Young Leader that you think
that you're just so busy with school work / exams, keeping up
with your hobbies and social life, holding down your Saturday
job, and being a Young Leader at Rainbows / Brownies / Guides,
that something will have to go.
Please think things through very carefully before you decide
that being a Young Leader is the one thing that has to go out
of your life. Take a look at the previous page and think of all
those useful skills that you can learn and develop that will be
useful later in life. Think of how rewarding it is to work with
younger people, to see them achieve their goals, and how this
is helping you achieve your goals.
If you are considering leaving because you've got GCSE / A Level
exams coming up and you want to concentrate on them, bear in mind
the points below;
- You do not have to go to Rainbows / Brownies / Guides every
week. Work with the unit Guider and arrange what weeks you can
and cannot make the unit meeting. Unit Guiders must not depend
on you, you do not count as an adult leader for insurance purposes
in the eyes of the Guide Association. Unit Guiders should be
understanding to your needs and accommodate you accordingly
within the unit.
- You may find that attending the weekly meeting and helping
out with a couple of simple games and activities a welcome break
from revision and coursework. It is a chance to get out of the
school-work routine and do something beneficial to not only
yourself, but also the local community. Don't commit to running
a whole evening for the Rainbows / Brownies / Guides, but do
help out as and when needed. Don't be afraid if there are a
couple of weeks when you cannot make it at all.
- If things really are getting on top of you, how about taking
a break from the unit for a term, but still keep in touch by
writing letters, or just popping in for five minutes if you
can. This must be done in consultation with the unit Guider,
and then inform you District Commissioner and Young Leader Adviser.
That way you can still keep in touch and return to helping with
the unit when you feel able to.
- If it is the night that the unit you help with has their meetings
on that gives you a problem, (e.g. clashes with school band,
too much regular homework that night of the week) please speak
to your unit Guider, District Commissioner and Young Leader
Adviser about the possibility of moving to help as a Young Leader
in a different unit within the District or Division. There are
always other units that are more than willing to have a Young
- If the only solution to your busy life is giving up being
a Young Leader, please inform the unit Guider, District Commissioner
and Young Leader Adviser as soon as possible - please do not
leave without telling anyone. If at any time you feel that you
would like to come back, please do not hesitate in contacting
in the first instance the District Commissioner and Young Leader
We hope that this information leaflet is of use to you, but please
feel free to contact your Division Young Leader Adviser if you
would like to discuss any aspect of being a Young Leader.