Young Leader Development Program

A Scholarship Program for Young Leaders

About the Young Leader Development Program

The Scouts NSW Young Leader Development Program (YLDP) is a rewarding 12-month scholarship program for members who are between 17 years and 9 months to 29 years of age. The Young Leader Development Program offers the chance to gain valuable leadership and management skills to take with them into the future while we cover the cost of Phase 1 Leader training.

This unique program gives participants a chance to receive their Certificate of  Proficiency within 12 months, as well as be eligible for nationally accredited qualifications, a Certificate III in Business, Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation, and a Certificate III in Active Volunteering. To find out more about how you can achieve this, click here.


Your Leader journey can be one of the following:

1. Youth Program Leader

A Youth Program Leader directly supports and facilitates the Youth Program within their respective sections. They assist and nurture the learning journey for Youth Members which helps encourage them to develop their skills and knowledge which will last a lifetime.

2. Program Support Leader

A Program Support Leader provides mentoring and support to Youth Program Leaders to enable programs that are adventurous, fun, challenging, and inclusive. This support and mentoring may look different between roles, groups, and geographical areas. This may be dependent on the relationships and needs of the cohorts they are providing support to.


Who is Eligible?

To be eligible to participate in the Young Leader Development Program, you must:

  • Be a current member of Scouts NSW
  • Be between 17 years and 9 months to 29 years of age
  • Have a Working With Children Check
  • Have a National Police Check
  • Has not completed their Phase 1 Leader Training


What Costs Will the YLDP Cover?

We know that sometimes either groups or the individual would need to cover the cost of their Phase 1 training. However, the Young Leader Development Program will cover the cost of: 

  • Basic Training course fee
  • Travel expenses to the course

The YLDP does not include:

  • Membership fee
  • Scout uniform
  • Courses that are not related to the basic training