Marsh Harrier Explorers is a new (ish) unit in Acle, Archie is part of the second group of Explorers to come through the section. Its with great pride that we asked Archie to write about his experiences doing his Young Leader Belt, he is the first person to achieve the belt in the history of the Acle Scout Group.
I was recently presented with my young leader belt after completing my final mission in May of this year. I have been a young leader with Acle Cubs for around 2 years and have been actively working towards my four missions for the last year and a half and have finally completed them after finishing my last module earlier in the year.
Helping as a young leader has been a great experience for me, and I hugely benefited from the help given at the young leader training sessions where I completed my modules and was helped with my missions. As the first Explorer from Marsh Harrier Explorers to achieve this I would highly recommend becoming a young leader, completing the missions as it allowed me to take responsibility, help in the running and organisation of Cub nights and the section programme, also it has allowed me to develop a variety of skills.
Achieving the four missions involved me putting into practice the skills I had learnt as part of the young leader modules, such as by planning and running a variety of games and activities. I also ran several forums with the Cubs to find out what changes they would like to be made to the programme in future terms and found it really interesting to see what they did and didn’t like about the programme and took these findings to planning meetings. Finally, for my last mission, I had to organise and deliver part of the section programme. For this, I helped the Cubs to fulfil all the necessary criteria for their teamwork challenge badge, and it was great delivering something that went towards their Chief Scout Silver Award. I’d like to thank everyone running the young leader training sessions and the leaders at Acle Cubs who helped me to achieve this and have encouraged me to take my leadership further in the next few years as an adult leader.
Archie Hagan Marsh Harrier ESU