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Youth Shaped Programme

Youth Shaped Scouting in the Programme

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. Here’s a reminder of the Climbing Wall of Youth Involvement.

We want every young person to shape their own adventure, take on responsibility, develop skills, make decisions and influence 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. These can be done in fun and exciting ways.

In February 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, we celebrated all things Youth Shaped for a whole month, with our #YouShape Month. We're now focusing on embedding this traditional part of Scouting into what we do.

Getting young people involved in their Programmes

Youth Forums can be done through exciting activities, like the ones below. This gives young people the chance to feedback on their Programme and have fun! Here are some great activity ideas to embed Youth Shaped Scouting in your section.

Beavers
Beavers can be involved in all sorts of Programme planning and will have great ideas about what they can do in their Programme. Ask your Beavers to share their thoughts and opinions with you, and remember to incorporate them when planning their Programme. Once you've done so, share the news and make sure that your Young People are aware of how and where their ideas have been included. This will boost their confidence and make them feel included and listened to. Resources for Beavers:

YouShape Postcards (online version). Printed versions are available from Scout Store.
Activity Inspirations
YSS for Beavers

Cubs
Cubs can get involved in planning their own Programme by sharing their ideas with you. Make sure you include their ideas in your Programme planning and explain to them how you have done so, so they know they have been listened to and shaped their Programme. Resources for Cubs:

YouShape Postcards (online version). Printed versions are available from Scout Store.
Activity Inspirations
YSS for Cubs

Scouts
Scouts will have some great ideas of what they want to do in their Programme, so run some fun, interactive activities for them to offer feedback. Make sure they know how their ideas have been included. You could ask Patrol Leaders to help you plan and run some of the activities, or ask each Patrol to plan a certain activity. Resources for Scouts:

YouShape Postcards (online version). Printed versions are available from Scout Store.
Activity Inspirations
YSS for Scouts

Explorers
With your Explorers run activities to find out what they want to do in their Programme. Explorers can take things further by planning and running their own Programme with the support of their section leaders. Resources for Explorers:

YouShape Postcards (online version). Printed versions are available from Scout Store.
Activity Inspirations
YSS for Explorers

Network
Network members can aim to work more collaboratively with other Network members across their District, County and Nationallly. The planning and team building exercises in the pack below will help achieve this. Resources for Network:

YouShape Postcards (online version). Printed versions are available from Scout Store.
Activity Inspirations

Wear Their Necker
In 2017 and 2018, we ran an initiative called Wear Their Necker, which encouraged young people to temporarily take on a volunteer role. If you or young people wish to run a Wear Their Necker event you can use the following resources:

Wear Their Necker Factsheet
Wear Their Necker Certificate

Here’s an awesome blog by Stirling who took on the role of Acting UK Commissioner for Programme, Graeme Hamiltion, as part of Wear Their Necker.

Peer Leadership

Developing leadership skills in young people has always been and continues to be an important part of Scouting. From Beavers to Scout Network, there is always a way that young people can be supported to develop and grow. Peer Leadership is a great way to help them on this journey.

Peer Leadership information, including section specific information can be found here.

 

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