Youth shaped is nothing new. It started in 1907 and it’s been happening ever since. It’s about young people working together with volunteers to shape, influence, and lead their adventure.
We believe that if young people are shaping their Scouting, the more they will get out of it and the more likely they are to stay, do well and achieve their top awards. Being youth shaped will help us keep Scouts relevant and alive for the next generation.
Today, youth shaped forms a major part of our Skills for Life strategy (alongside inclusion, community impact, and growth), because a young person who knows how to shape their own experience through planning, leading and representing has a powerful skill that will carry them through life.
You’re probably already halfway there! For Scouts to be youth shaped, we need to continue helping young people develop the skills they need to give it a go. We should:
Fun activities can be implemented into your programme that feed into plan, lead and represent – as well as contributing towards badges and awards, and assisting your programme planning. Click the relevant image below to find some activities aimed at your section (you might find useful ideas in other sections’ too).