The Scout Association worked with all members to develop a vision to ensure that Scouting is available to the next generation of young people. Together we are committed to making the vision a reality, supporting our adult volunteers and bringing real change to the lives of young people.
- Scouting in 2018 will make a positive impact in our communities; prepare young people to be active citizens; embrace and contribute to social change.
- Scouting in 2018 will be shaped by young people in partnership with adults; enjoyed by more young people and adult volunteers; as diverse as the communities in which we live.
- Members of Scouting in 2018 will feel empowered, valued and proud.
The four key areas of our vision are growth, inclusivity, youth shaped and community impact:
- We will have 500,000 young people.
- They will be supported by 150,000 volunteers.
How will we continue to grow?
- We’ll develop a new strategy for opening new Units, Groups and sections; ensuring all Groups have Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
- We’ll improve retention between, and within, sections.
- A high quality programme is key to growth, so a revamped programme will be launched in 2015.
- We’ll recruit new volunteers by reinforcing messages around flexible volunteering, targeting key groups such as parents and former youth members, and reaching out to 18–25 year olds.
- Scouting will be present and sustainable in 200 of the most deprived parts of the UK.
- Scout Groups will have more than four girls in each section.
- Scouting will continue to welcome disabled, LGBT, black and minority ethnic members.
- Scouting will be seen as open to people from all backgrounds by the general public.
How will we become more inclusive?
- We’ll undertake development work and leverage support from key opinion formers to ensure Scouting is present and sustainable in the most deprived areas of the UK.
- We’ll support volunteers to identify and remove barriers to Scouting.
- Partnerships will be established with key organisations to provide expertise and advice on issues including disability and sexual orientation.
- We’ll improve the diversity of volunteers in senior leadership positions.
Every young person should be able to shape their Scouting experience.
- 80% of young people will be able to say they shape Scouting, feel listened to and are taken seriously.
- 80% of Young Leaders will have the opportunity to develop their skills and have a positive impact on Scouting.
- 80% of adults will help young people to shape their Scouting.
How will Scouting be shaped by young people?
- Practical support will be given for leaders to empower young people through the programme.
- Young people will be offered skills development opportunities to shape their Scouting.
- We’ll appoint a Youth Commissioner to ensure that young people have a voice at the most senior level of The Scout Association.
- National and local youth councils will be established to make real decisions that shape Scouting’s future.
- A digital youth strategy will identify new ways in which young people can shape what we do.
We believe Scouting makes a difference to individuals and to society. Our members take action in the service of others, but we want to do more.
- 8,000 quality community impact projects will be delivered per annum.
- 70% of the public will see Scouting as ‘relevant to modern society’.
How will we have a greater community impact?
- By delivering resources and training to develop young people as community leaders – locally, nationally and internationally.
- Community impact will be intrinsic to the programme through a staged Community Impact Award.
- National partnerships will be brokered to enable Scouts to make a positive impact on specific social issues, which have been determined by young people.
- We will undertake research and measure our impact on communities.