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Development policy

Subject to the Rules governing age ranges and mixed membership the Scout Movement is open to all young people of whatever background.

The Scout Association recognises, however, that access to Scouting is not equally available to all groups and communities across society as a whole.

The Operations sub-Committee of the Committee of the Council and the Regional Development Service at Headquarters support the Movement in its work in making Scouting available to all.

In particular, through the use of innovation and experiment, it supports local Scouting in meeting the needs of young people in areas of urban disadvantage or priority, in highly rural areas, and among the minority ethnic communities. It also works in collaboration with other agencies to support those disadvantaged young people who might benefit from its programme and ethos, and who may never become full Members of the Movement.

The Regional Development Service supports local Scouting in a number of different ways:

Those seeking help in this field should contact the Regional Development Service at Headquarters in the first instance.

[Whilst Regional Development Managers and Officers support the development of Scouting in England, the Assistant Director responsible for Development works closely with Scottish Headquarters, the Welsh Scout Council and the Northern Ireland Scout Council on development matters.]

 

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