#YouShape 2017 resources

Activity Inspiration Pack

In the Activity Inspiration resources you will find 31 pages jam packed full of inspirations to help you plan your own #YouShape activities, whether that be a District Camp or running a #YouShape night. Remember, #YouShape is more than just a month, and these resources can be used at any point in the year.

This year, we’ve put how each activity links to badges from the section, making it even easier to link in to the programme. We’ve also included an evening planner for each section, so you can run your own #YouShape evening easier.

View Activity Inspiration Pack

Wear their Necker project

To encourage Young People to take up adult volunteer positions in the future, we have launched the Wear their Necker project. This is all about getting Young People to shadow Leaders to see what the role involves and understand how they could do the role. This could be as simple as a Scout running the Evening for the night, to an Explorer shadowing a County Commissioner. Why not give a Young Person the challenge of being your County Commissioner for the day?

View Wear the Necker factsheet

Download Wear the Necker certificate

Pledge

This year, we’re asking each Group and Section to pledge to take part in #YouShape and make sure their Young People are listened to. We have set up three levels of #YouShape involvement, starting at Bronze (for printing off the Pledge and displaying it in your group), all the way up to Gold (which means your group is working in partnership with Young People to make decisions). We have produced a factsheet to tell you more details about what the pledges involve.

View the pledge factsheet

Download the Pledge template

Beyond 2018 national consultation

What does the future hold in store for Scouting? Together, we are planning Scouting’s future beyond 2018 and young people should shape that future. As part of #YouShape we’re asking you to tell us what your young people think to four simple questions using the Beyond 2018 activity resource.

View the Beyond 2018 resource

Resources for Youth Commissioners and Managers
This year we’ve put together a Youth Commissioner’s guide to #YouShape which provides guidance on how you can take part in #YouShape. There are also suggestions on continuing to promote Youth Shaped Scouting beyond #YouShape month.

View the Youth Commissioner Guide to #YouShape

We’ve also compiled a guide for Managers. This has practical advice on how to support Youth Commissioners during #YouShape month, including how to recruit and appoint one if you don’t have one already.

View the Managers Guide to #YouShape

 

#YouShape logo

Download the #YouShape 2017 logo

#YouShape 2017 overview

We are very excited to announce that following the success of #YouShape 2016, where over 20,000 young people and volunteers got involved, 2017 will see a whole #YouShape month held in February. Obviously Youth Shaped Scouting is about everyday Scouting all year round, but UK Scouting is focusing on February to really support young people and volunteers to embed this traditional part of Scouting into what we do and celebrate what are already good examples of Youth Shaped Scouting.

We won’t be holding a national event like last year because this year is all about local impact and embedding good practice.

The outcomes nationally we are looking to achieve are:

  • Raise the profile and understanding of YSS across the organisation. We have set a target of at least 50,000 young people across 80% of Districts to take part in some way.
  • Increase the quality and quantity of sectional Youth Shaped Scouting such as PL Forums and Sixers meetings where young people get to express their ideas and gain more leadership opportunities.
  • Youth Commissioners working collaboratively with their Districts/Counties to embed Youth Shaped Scouting into the four areas of Youth Shaped Scouting: Programme, Leadership, Management and Governance.
  • Work in partnership nationally to shape the future aspirations of the UK Scout Association.

Consider your options and carefully make decisions on what your District/County will hope to achieve. One of the keys to its success will be making sure Youth Commissioners work together in Districts, Counties and Regions to plan, delegate and action what you want to see happen.

Some examples of what could happen in #YouShape month:

  • Patrol Leaders camp for volunteers and PLs to come together. Run training on how to run successful Troop forums.
  • County/District Youth Forum on tour, a team of young people could visit a large number of sections and support the leaders to hold youth forums.
  • Executive training on Youth Shaped Scouting.
  • Plan a youth shaped camp for your section. Week 1: design the programme. Week 2: pack and prepare for camp. Week 3: go on camp ran by the PLs for example. Week 4 review and reflect on how it went.
  • Host a Regional #YouShape event at a campsite or activity centre and engage with young people and volunteers on relevant topics.
  • Work with the ADCs/ACCs to plan programme support days/evenings for leaders to find out more about running a youth shaped section.

Take a look at the latest YouShape 2017 conference call:

As you can see there are a wide range of options for success. We want Youth Commissioners to lead on the month, with support from their County/District/Area/Region to make it a success.

Read the YouShape 2016 report here.

The national event for #YouShape week took place earlier this year (5-7 February 2016). The event was organized by a team of 15 fantastic young people from across the country. If you didnt get the chance to attend or missed the livestream of the event then catch up on the action by viewing the video above!

If you are looking to run a local event and want to know the national agenda for the day have a look here!

YouShape Week

YouShape Week (1-7 Feb 2016) is a platform to empower young people to shape their Scouting at a national and local level. During YouShape Week we encouraged all sections to engage and take part in activities that enabled their members to shape their Programme and take part in the national conversation. The week provided the opportunity for every young person from Beavers through to Network to get involved either online or at local meeting places.

Youth Shaped Scouting isn’t a new concept; empowering young people to decide, design and implement their own programme and experiences is what Scouting really does well but we do want to ensure that this continues and is embedded in all that the movement provides.

Activities such as youth forums can be a great way of empowering young people, improving the Scouting experience, learning new skills and ensuring we are all working in partnership.It’s up to you how you get involved…spend from 10 minutes at your weekly Beaver meeting to a whole weekend at a county youth forum and wear your YouShape badge with pride. You can order them here.

Youth Shaped Resources

To start you off we have compiled some great ideas around what to discuss and how to deliver fun and effective activities and youth forums, for each section. These are for you to use during YouShape Week and contain information on how to get involved in the national conversation.

Download your printable YouShape Week certificates below:

Beavers

Cubs

Scouts

Explorers/Network

Look out for the  YouShape virtual badge on the new Network platform!

YouShape 2015 was the first event of its kind; over 120 young people aged 14-25 from across the UK came together to discuss Youth-Shaped Scouting. The event was a great success and really helped all involved understand and draw a picture of young people’s current and previous experiences of shaping their Scouting. Online engagement was incredible, we certainly feel like we got the movement enthused but this year’s aim is to get everybody talking, to create an even bigger national conversation around Youth-Shaped Scouting. Read the YouShape 2015 report here. 

If you have any questions please email youth.shaped@scouts.org.uk and don’t forget to keep engaging through social media using the #youshape.