Another YOUTH SHAPED month for ALL
Young people have an important voice in Scouting but are they getting a chance to use it in your section? Following the success of #YouShape over the last two years, the Scout Association has designated February 2019 as another youth shaped month when we can all focus on empowering young people to decide, design and implement their own programme. Have you made any plans for this yet? There’s lots of ideas on the Scout Association and OSM websites.
Since 2014 The Scout Association has adopted an ambitious strategy enabling the Movement to be shaped by young people working in partnership with adult volunteers. As part of that plan, YouShape month was launched to encourage young people to make more decisions, shape their own programmes and take on leadership roles. This year the HQ team also want to hear the views of Youth Commissioners, Section Leaders and young people on embedding the Youth Shaped theme into all Scouting activities.
Often leaders shy away from involving young people, saying that they aren’t capable of taking decisions, their suggestions are impractical or it creates more work for the already overworked leadership team, especially if their numbers are low. With careful planning, it’s not difficult to involve young people regularly in the active management of sections. For example, after some instruction:-
Scouts can plan their own route for a hike,
Cubs can show what activities they like best by drawing pizza slices of different sizes or, by voting in a Log Chew,
Beavers can help decide what games to play each week.
Taking this to a higher level, with time and support, Explorers can organise whole meetings and events for themselves, enrol as Young Leaders to influence the younger sections and become the voice of young people on committees at Group, District, County and National level.
There is a huge range of easy to run and ready-made programme ideas, activity inspirations and further information on the Scout Association website at Youth Shape. Details of how you can get involved in this year’s consultation can also be found at You Shape Award.