The program is quite simply the ‘Why, What, and How’ of Scouting.
Core Themes of the Program
The Scout program must be adventurous, fun, challenging, and inclusive. For members of all ages, they need to be able to engage with a program that stimulates their development and maintains their interest.
Our program is designed to engage young people in a relevant program of self-development and personal progression. To enable this, all of us need to understand and strive to maintain its core themes.
Young People at the Centre
It is key for each individual to be at the centre of their experience. Each Scout follows their own pathway through Scouting and the journey of one Scout will probably look very different to the journey of another.
Adults are there to guide and support, but the experience will be increasingly driven by the Scout. This process helps make sure Scouting is being adapted to each Scout’s individual needs.
In our approach to Scouting, we always have to check-in and make sure young people are at the centre. One of the best ways to ensure this is to make sure Scouts are involved in decision-making, and that the program is youth-led and adult supported. The Review> process helps us to gather feedback from youth members. It’s our responsibility to facilitate an environment where young people feel comfortable about being open and honest, and when necessary, critical! Giving Scouts the opportunity to speak up and be seriously listened to makes certain that we are able to constantly improve the program and keep Scouting current. It also helps resolve issues that might otherwise make Scouts feel unhappy or unwelcome.