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Leadership

Youth Shaped Leadership

What does this look like in your District/County?

• More Explorer Scout Young Leaders in Groups, supporting the delivery of Scouting
• More young people continue Scouting when they reach 18 years old, as Scout Network members, Section Leaders and managers in Scouting
• Explorer Scout Young Leader training taken into consideration when completing adult training
• A supportive Adult Appointment Committee who appoints on aptitude and doesn’t disqualify due to age
• Opportunities for young people to develop leadership skills are provided

Scouting is built upon offering young people skills for life. Through various leadership opportunities we are equipping young people (aged 14 – 25) with leadership skills they can use not just within their scouting but also their wider professional lifes.

How you might involve young people with leadership opportunities in their Scouting may include:

Peer Leadership
Giving leadership responsibilities and skills to our youngest members right up to our oldest. Peer leadership Resources

Explorer Scout Young Leader Scheme
Support the scheme, this might be through directing young people to the scheme when they turn 14 or helping to facilitate training modules (in particular module J; Communicate it!). The Young Leader Scheme & Training Modules

Top Awards
Helping young people achieve top awards – From the Chief Scout Bronze award to the Queens Scout award to achieving the Explorer Belt, top awards in Scouting offer young people the chance to gain and develop not just leadership skills but a number of other skills for life.  

Supporting the Transition at 18
from youth member to adult volunteer or Scout Network Member. It’s important that 17 year olds understand all of the opportunities available to them at this critical age. We currently don’t support our 17 year old members enough meaning we lose out on retaining leaders of our movement every year. Remember that although someone is 18, they might be the perfect for the role of Assistant District Commissioner or roles outside of traditional leadership roles. Make sure that young people are made aware of these opportunities and given an equal chance.

Scout Network
Support or set up a local Scout Network – A fantastic way of bringing together and supporting those to continue their Scouting from 18-25

Other useful resources to use include the following:

Get Ahead
Useful resource in showing people how what they have learnt through Scouting can be used in their wider lifes. Helping young people link their Scouting skills to the language needed for CVs and University applications.

Wear their Necker
As you can see from the following blog, wear their necker is a fantastic opportunity for a Cub to become Akela or even a Beaver to become DC and experience first hand those leadership skills.

The more responsibility the Scoutmaster gives his patrol leaders, the more they will respond.
Robert Baden-Powell

 

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