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Achieving Youth Shaped Scouting

Young people working in partnership with adults in Scouting, has always been something we have been proud of. Youth Shaped Scouting not only improves the way we Scout, but also the young people involved. Learning to speak up, be heard and work towards improving something you are passionate about is an incredible learning experience for the youngest Beaver right the way through to our eldest Network member.

Youth Shaped Scouting and empowerment is not something that can be achieved overnight, and the method of achieving the Vision will have to reflect the age, maturity and ability of the young people concerned.

As part of Vision2018 we want every young person to have the opportunity to shape their experience. Youth Shaped Scouting is about young people shaping their own adventure, taking on responsibility, developing skills, making decisions and influencing their own Scout Programme.  There are lots of things that you can do to help this happen; from introducing section youth forums to encouraging young people to record video vlogs to share and reflect on past activities and decisions made in the section.

Before you can improve how Youth Shaped you are in your group, it is important to identify what you are already doing. This can be done using the Climbing Wall of Youth Involvement, and remember that your unit may be working at a number of different levels for different activities.

Getting young people involved

There are lots of things that you can do to involve the young people in your section in shaping what you do:

These are some section-specific ideas, which can be used alongside the more general ideas above.






Forums and councils

You can get young people involved in forums or committees. You can find guidance on supporting young people on committees here. These are the perfect way to get young people involved in all aspects of Scouting, from thinking about programme ideas to planning camps and events.

Each section has the opportunity to create their unique forum:


Youth councils are also a useful tool to collect the views and opinions of young people to help shape and move the vision and strategy forward. Find out more information on youth councils.

See the key youth involvement messages for each section.


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