Youth Shaped Scouts

Resources to involve more young people

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.

How can we be Youth Shaped?

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:

  • provide young people with accessible and inclusive opportunities to plan their own programmes.
  • encourage them to take the lead on elements of that programme.
  • empower them to represent their views and ideas so that, ultimately, every decision we make has their best interests at heart.

Youth Shaped Programme

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).

Note: these activities were written for in-person meetings without distancing, most can be modified for online or distanced sessions. If you try these out, shout about it on social media using #YouShape or share with the County Youth Commissioner on Facebook, Twitter or email.