Our programme describes the diverse and exciting selection of activities and experiences provided in our youth sections for young people aged 6 to 25 years old. It is based around three main themes: outdoor and adventure, world and skills.
In each section a range of badges and awards are available to support all aspects of scouting, including the three main themes as well as, leadership, teamwork and personal development.
The programme should be delivered in a balanced way that incorporates elements from each theme. The programme is designed to be progressive through the sections to offer young people an appropriate level of challenge.
The Programme in Scouting has a fundamental dimension, which determines how it is carried out.
Our Scout Programme Method is:
- Keeping the Promise and Scout Law
- Community action
- Having fun
- Meeting new people, making friends and developing relationships
- Spending time outdoors
- Games, physical and adventurous activities
- Design and creativity
- Visits and visitors
- Camps, sleepovers, international trips and other residential experiences
- Working in small teams
- Trying new things, and learning new skills
- Teambuilding and leadership activities
- Taking responsibility, giving ideas and opinions, making choices and decisions
- Spiritual reflection
- Finding out about themselves
A high quality balanced programme is one that:
- Offers a balance of each of the challenge areas for the section
- Includes opportunities to achieve badges and awards such as activity badges, challenge awards or staged activity badges
- Enables all young people to achieve Chief Scout’s Awards
- Provides opportunities for young people to influence the programme and provide feedback, and feedback is acted upon
- Provides opportunities to engage with young people outside of their section, such as attending district and county events or taking part in activities with other sections
- Provide opportunities to take part in activities away from the normal meeting place
- Provide opportunities to engage with the local community
- Offer opportunities to experience nights away
- Be planned in advance by the section’s leadership team
- Be delivered using a wide variety of methods
- Be delivered by adults or young people with the appropriate skills for the planned activities.