Youth Shaped Scouting

To meet our Vision Toward 2018, young people across all ages will have the chance to have their voice heard on all aspects of Scouting, including programme and activity planning and the way that their Group is run.

This is to ensure that Scouting meets their needs and remains relevant to their interests.

Youth involvement includes young people doing the following:

  • Sharing their ideas
  • Learning from and teaching each other and adults
  • Taking part in decision making
  • Assisting with planning the programme, including activities and camps
  • Becoming more involved in all aspects of Scouting

Why is youth involvement important?

In order for the Vision to be achieved, young people need to become more actively involved in every aspect of Scouting, which will allow the Movement to continue to grow and meet the needs of young people.

It will also help leaders to keep their section growing and interested. We don’t know what the needs and interests of young people are until we ask them, and improving youth involvement will give leaders more opportunities to find out what young people actually want.

Emily Erskine – NI Youth Commissioner

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls