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Links between the sections

It is important to establish and maintain links between the sections to give young people the support they need when moving on. All leaders should work together to maintain links. Regular meetings of adult leaders help build relationships, ensure that suitable joint activities are organised, plan young people’s transfer from one section to another. Without cooperation between section leaders very little can be achieved to establish a sense of wider community.

Successful retention of young people between the sections is paramount to running a successful Scout Group. It is important to plan ahead and ensure that young people move at the right time for them rather than the time that suits the leaders. Planning ahead offers the opportunity to move young people with a small group of friends, which helps to avoid one individual feeling daunted.

Joint activities, run together, help members of both sections get to know each other and feel comfortable with others outside their own section. Providing links with other sections within the District is especially important between the Scout and Explorer Scout sections. If a young person moves to a different area completely an adult can contact the Scout Information Centre who will be able to provide a contact name and details for their new area.

Moving-on Awards

Moving-on Awards can be used at every stage of Scouting to help smooth the passage of a young person from one section to the next. By allowing them to participate in the next section, while retaining the security of their familiar one, the Awards help young people to develop an understanding of the section they are about to move into and encourage them to get to know the members and leaders of that section. Successfully achieving the Moving-on Award allows young people to show that they are on a Scouting journey and that they understand how the current section differs from their previous one (4-6 weeks should be allowed for the transition).

Specific section-to-section issues

Beaver Scouts to Cub Scouts

Allowing the older Beaver Scouts to attend the Cub Scout meeting for a few weeks, before they stop attending Beaver meetings, helps integrate them into the Cub Pack. Cub Scout Leaders can visit the Beaver Colony regularly, helping the Beaver Scouts to become familiar with the Cub Scout Leaders before the moving-on process.

The Cub Scout Leader may bring some or all of the Sixers from the Cub Pack to the Beaver Colony meeting, helping the Beaver Scouts to get to know some of the most senior Cubs in a familiar environment. The moving-on ceremony is often most important as it provides a clear cut-off from the Beaver Colony for the young people.

Cub Scouts to Scouts

The Scout Leader can send birthday cards to Cub Scouts at the age of 10 to show that the Scout Leader is already thinking of them as prospective Scouts. Scout Leaders can attend the Cub Pack, joint camps or outings and get to know the Cubs’ names by leading games and activities. It is important to move young people into Scouts as part of a small group because at this age friendships become more important in young people's lives.

Keep young people who have just moved in pairs within Patrols rather than splitting them up, this way they always have at least one friend by their side. Many Scouts have the ability and maturity to be able to teach Cubs new skills and this should be encouraged to help Cubs and Scouts get to know each other.

Remember to speak to parents about the key differences between the Cub Scout and Scout sections as these are greater than between the Beaver and Cub sections and this is often the only experience parents have of the process.

Scouts to Explorer Scouts

As Explorer Scouting is District-based, young people may feel that they lose part of the Group identity they have built throughout their time within the Movement. It is vital that Explorer Scouts are visible in the district and that members and leaders visit Scout Troops regularly. A lack of communication can be the greatest barrier to successful transitions if not managed appropriately. The Young Leaders’ Scheme helps younger members identify with the Explorer Scout section and makes it something they aspire to be part of.

Explorer Scouts to Scout Network

Throughout the process it's important to highlight the differences between the sections and particularly the fact that the Scout Network is run by its members. Links between the Explorer Scout Leader and Scout Network Coordinator are particularly important, as effective communication between them will make it easier for young people to move between these two sections. Scout Networks may meet less frequently or less formally than Explorer Scout Units. International camps, World Scout Jamborees, and Explorer Belt expeditions can be used to highlight the things to come as a Network member.


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