We are a vibrant, ambitious and confident Region with big plans for the future. We have an excellent team of dedicated volunteers supporting our work at District and Group level.
Youth Shaped Scouting takes place all year round,
What is #YouShape all about?
#YouShape Month is a platform to empower young people to shape their Scouting experience at a local and national level.
Youth Shaped Scouting isn’t a new concept; empowering young people to decide, design and implement their own Programme and experiences is already happening around the country.
What are we looking to achieve nationally?
- Raise the profile and understanding of Youth Shaped Scouting across the organisation. We have set a target of having 50,000 people across 80% of Districts taking part in some way.
- Increase the quality and quantity of sectional Youth Shaped Scouting, through Patrol Leader’s forums and Sixers meetings for instance, where young people get to express their ideas and gain more leadership opportunities.
- Get Youth Commissioners working collaboratively with their Districts/Counties to embed Youth Shaped Scouting into the following key areas: Programme, Leadership, Management and Governance.
- Work in partnership to shape the future aspirations of The Scout Association.
- Ensuring that Youth Shaped Scouting is embedded locally for years to come.
Our award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouting as our young people.
Scouting’s quality depends on its volunteers and our volunteers depend on Scouting to teach them the skills they need.
Our modular training scheme delivers the full spectrum of required skills. Volunteers can choose training modules that are relevant to the role that they do, ranging from leadership to running residential experiences and first aid.
Our training scheme was recognised with a National Training Award from UK Skills. It is one of the reasons why we have managed to increase our volunteer numbers over the past few years, against the national trend.
Over 90% of our volunteers believe that the skills and experiences they have gained through Scouting have been of relevance to their working or personal lives, so we’re certainly doing something right.
A study of volunteers found that more than two thirds of respondents reported a direct correlation between their volunteer experience within Scouting and gaining employment or career development.
Training in Scouting has also enabled volunteers to gain accreditation for Open College Network awards in Youth Work, and helped them to become associate members of the Institute of Leadership and Management and the Institute for Training and Occupational Learning.