Young Lions FAQ

Who is Young Lions for?

Young Lions is for emerging leaders aged 16-21 who have been recommended by their Youth Leader or Pastor. If you feel you have leadership ability you want to explore then chat to your Youth Leader or Pastor about maybe attending Young Lions. Pastors and Youth leaders, if you see leadership potential in some of your young people consider sending them to Young Lions to be developed and stretched in leadership.

How do I register for Young Lions?

You need to be nominated by you pastor or youth leader so chat to them first about attending. Download a booking form here making sure you fill in every section and get references from your leaders. You can pay online here or include a cheque payable to AoG Inc with your application form.

How do I get to Young Lions?

Young Lions is held at Abernethy outdoor centre near Nethybridge. The closest train station and intercity bus stop is in Aviemore just over 20 minutes drive away. We may be able to arrange pickups from Aviemore train station. Contact us to discuss options.

The easiest option (if possible) is to drive. If using a SatNav don’t use the postcode as it will not take you to the right place. Instead follow the directions found on the Abernethy website.

Wherever possible, car share, it’s good for the environment, it’s good for the pounds (always offer petrol money!!), and it’s good for the pre-Young Lions banter.

What happens when I arrive at Young Lions?

Head to registration and you’ll be checked in and given an information pack with all you need to know for the weekend including your coaching group and timetable. You’ll also be assigned a dorm and have the opportunity to unpack and get settled before our first session. We recommend you have dinner (supper/main evening meal) before you arrive, there will be a light snack provided before bed.

What will my coach be like?

Coaches are Youth Pastors and Youth Workers from churches across Scotland. They will encourage and support you in every activity you do over the weekend. They will brief and debrief you about activities and will lead the coaching group sessions throughout the weekend. They will also complete the assessment form at the end of the weekend which goes to your home church Youth Pastor/Leader.

What does a coaching group look like?

Each coach will have a small group of 5 or 6 delegates to oversee for the duration of the weekend. This will involve small group devotions, daily feedback and evaluation sessions and some one-to-one mentoring too. All these sessions are about coaches imparting who they are and what they carry as well as sharing knowledge and lessons learned. The coaching groups is the key group you will be involved in all weekend.

What is included in the price?

Young Lions T-Shirt
Full assessment report sent to the youth pastor/leader
Graduation certificate
As well as the full Young Lions programme including: year specific teaching sessions and team building sessions, one-to-one coaching times and small group coaching times

I’ve come with a group from my home church, can we be in the same coaching group?

In order to get the most out of the Young Lions experience, we try to keep delegates from the same youth group apart in order that new friendships are formed over the course of the weekend. This tests the delegate’s leadership abilities within an entirely new forum and allows them to be free from any preconceived opinions. Likewise, if a youth leader is a coach and their young people are also attending we will assign a coach from another church.

I have special dietary needs, will I be catered for?

Please clearly indicate any special requirements on your application form. We will pass this on to the catering team at the centre who will do their best to accommodate. Contact us using the form above if you’d like to discuss this further.

What do I need to bring?

It’s Scotland in March so bring plenty of warm clothes, a waterproof jacket, and shoes you don’t mind getting wet/mucky for the outdoor activities. Hat, scarf and gloves also recommended. For the inside times bring a second pair of shoes so we don’t track mud through the building. Normal things like jammies, toiletries, a towel, any medications you need (including inhalers), torch, phone and charger, snacks and a water bottle. Bible, notebook and pens are essential. Bedding is provided.