24th February 2016

Youth Shaped Scouting

In 2018 Scouting will be enjoyed by 500,000 young people. They will come from every background, make their voices heard and bring positive change to their communities.


Members of Scouting in 2018 will feel empowered, valued and proud.

Scouting in 2018 will make a positive impact in our communities; prepare young people to be active citizens; embrace and contribute to social change.

Scouting in 2018 will be shaped by young people in partnership with adults; enjoyed by more young people and adult volunteers; as diverse as the communities in which we live.

Because we believe that Scouting changes lives and we want every young person to have the opportunity to be involved, we will remove barriers to participation.

By 2018:

  • 80% of young people will be able to say they shape Scouting, feel listened to and are taken seriously.
  • 80% of Young Leaders will have the opportunity to develop their skills and have a positive impact on Scouting.
  • 80% of adults will help young people to shape their Scouting.

How will Scouting be shaped by young people?

  • Practical support will be given for leaders to empower young people through the programme.
  • Young people will be offered skills development opportunities to shape their Scouting.
  • Nationally and locally we’ll appoint a Youth Commissioner to ensure that young people have a voice at the most senior level of The Scout Association and our District.
  • National and local youth councils will be established to make real decisions that shape Scouting’s future.
  • A digital youth strategy will identify new ways in which young people can shape what we do.

Every young person should be able to shape their Scouting experience. Adults should empower young people to do this.

What does this mean for…

…my County?

Ensure that young people are at the heart of your County/Area/Region strategies and represented on key committees; consider developing a youth council.

…my District?

Ensure young people are represented in a meaningful way on District teams and are actively influencing District plans.

…my Group?

Check young people are represented in the Group Executive and that you promote the Young Leaders’ Scheme.

…my section?

Ensure that you hold regular consultations with young people in the form of Network and Unit discussions, Patrol Leaders’ forums, Sixers’ meetings and Beaver ‘log chews’.

…youth members?

Have your say about what you do in Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers or Network; and if you are 14 or over, think about becoming a Young Leader.