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Youth-Shaped Scouting

The more young people are involved in shaping their Scouting experiences the more they will get out of it, and the more likely they are to stay, do well and achieve their top awards.

Our 2018 strategy, Skills for Life, lays out a plan for the next five years to 2023 so that we can support even more adults and young people as we develop Scouting’s future together. We’re building on the successes of our previous aims, Scouting for all, by continuing to focus on growth, inclusion, youth-shaped Scouting and community impact.

Involving young people in decision-making is essential if our governance structures are to stay informed and responsive to the fast-paced changes facing young people in the 21st Century. By encouraging a mixture of experiences and ages on our executive committees and District/County teams, we are more likely to encourage healthy debate and make better decisions that are relevant to the lives of young people in today’s society.

There are four themes in youth-shaped Scouting:




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Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls