Youth shaped scouting is about evolution, not revolution. It’s about giving young people greater opportunities to give their views and opinions, and making sure that we listen to these, and act on them.
This site provides ideas and resources for leaders and young leaders to make implementing youth shaped scouting as easy as possible, seeks to answer any questions you may have, gives information about opportunities for young people to become more involved in shaping scouting. Please get in touch if you require anything else contact us.
In previous years we have tried to emphasise the need for Youth Shaped Scouting in various ways across all sections of Scouts NI, in keeping with our vision plan 2014 / 2018.
As we start to look forward to a new plan we need to ensure that Youth Shaped is embedded in all we do, for this reason Nationally and Locally we are moving away from a you shape day or week or month, towards Youth Shaped every day.
Rhiannon has been working with Frankie Smith, the Deputy Youth Commissioner for UK Scouts to see how this might look in Scouts NI and they need your help.
We are planning a gathering of Local Youth Commissioners in Northern Ireland to share best practices and discuss wider parts of the National Youth Shaped Strategy, with consultation of how the Youth Commissioner role best fits into your local County/District teams.
Workshops on Youth Shaped Scouting in NI will be at Crawfordsburn (20 Bridge Road South, Helen’s Bay, Bangor, County Down, BT19 1JT) on 27th – 28th January.
The first day will be for County Commissioners, District Commissioners and Section Leaders.
The second day for Youth Commissioners.
Time for both days; 10am – 3pm.
Please keep these days free and plan to help Rhiannon and her team develop the future strategy for involvement of our young people in Scouting every day!
The Cubs made a great start recently with their day for sixes and seconders, let’s all get involved in this and sign up for the January dates.
If you are able to attend please complete the attached form and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. NI-Youth-Shaped-event-form
We are looking forward to seeing you at both of these sessions and if you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you as always for your support.
I am now activity seeking nominations for 16-25 year olds to join the County Youth Team. Self nominations are actively encouraged and expected. The team will be lead by the County Youth Commissioner and will be made up of young people who are committed to making a difference to Scouting in County Down.
The County Youth Team’s role will be to provide support to the County Youth Commissioner to champion Youth Shaped Scouting across the county. In addition to this they will also provide feedback to the County Team to ensure that County Down is youth shaped in partnership with adults.
Please complete a nomination form and return by email to the County Youth Commissioner by 12 noon on Friday 27th July 2018. Email below
If you have any questions or would like some more information please don’t hesitate to get in contact with myself via the email address below.
Yours in Scouting
County Youth Commissioner
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.
Youth Shaped Scouting and empowerment is not something that can be achieved overnight, and the method of achieving the Vision will have to reflect the age, maturity and ability of the young people concerned.
As part of Vision2018 we want every young person to have the opportunity to shape their experience. Youth Shaped Scouting is about young people shaping their own adventure, taking on responsibility, developing skills, making decisions and influencing 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.
Before you can improve how Youth Shaped you are in your group, it is important to identify what you are already doing. This can be done using the Climbing Wall of Youth Involvement, and remember that your unit may be working at a number of different levels for different activities.
Getting young people involved
There are lots of things that you can do to involve the young people in your section in shaping what you do:
These are some section-specific ideas, which can be used alongside the more general ideas above.
See the key youth involvement messages for each section.