Youth Shaped Scouting

The more young people are involved in shaping their Scouting experiences the more they will get out of it, and the more likely they are to stay, do well and achieve their top awards. 

Our new strategy; Skills for Life lays out a plan for the next five years to 2023 so that we can support even more adults and young people as we develop Scouting’s future together. With this plan we’re building on the successes of our last plan Scouting for all, by continuing to focus on growth, inclusion, youth shaped Scouting and community impact.  

Involving young people in decision making is essential for our governance structures to stay informed and responsive to the fast-paced changes facing young people in the 21st Century. By encouraging a mixture of experiences and ages on our executive committees and District team, we are more likely to encourage healthy debate and make better decisions which are relevant to the lives of young people in today’s society. 

There are four themes of Youth Shaped Scouting: 
•    Programme
•    Leadership (Including transition at 18 years)
•    Management 
•    Governance

Check out the resources, and get to know the District Youth Commissioner team who are here to help and support you. They will be at many events so don’t forget to say hi. Email the team on

Wear Their Necker

An initiative called Wear Their Necker, encourages young people to temporarily take on a volunteer role. If you or young people wish to run a Wear Their Necker event you can use the following resources.




Check out the resources below, and get to know the District Youth Commissioner team who are here to help and support you.

Guide to Youth Shaped Scouting

Beavers Postcards

Cubs Postcards

Scouts Postcards

Explorer Postcards

Network Postcards