Scouting is an educational movement for and of young people based upon the Fundamentals of Scouting: its purpose, principles, and method. The cause of Scouting is Education for Life where the Youth Programme is the main medium through which young people are educated for life.
Hence the Youth Programme is the central element of Scouting, the vehicle through which the purpose of Scouting is achieved. Without the Youth Programme, there is no Scouting.Definition of the Youth Programme in ScoutingThe Youth Programme is the totality of what young people do in Scouting (the activities), how it is done (the Scout Method) and the reason why it is done (the purpose).The Youth Programme is implented through a partnership between young people and adults, based on the young person’s interests, needs and abilities and together they should :
Learning opportunities instances which young people have the potential gather and process knowledge to develop attitudes and skills that will help develop their individual character, The youth programme is therfore not about the activities per se, but rather about the learning opportunities that activities can offer within scouting fundementals and shared values.
The youth Programme acknowledges areas of personal growth stated in the purpose of the scout movement as physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual development where all of these areas help the individual’s character development. Scouts as active citizens create a positive change in their communities. As a worldwide movement, Scouting should prepare young people to be active citizens within their local communities and also to be active global citizens.
The Scout Method- the educational system of Scouting- is often described as a system of progressive self-education. It consists of an interdependent group of elements forming a unified and integrated whole to achieve a purpose (team system, symbolic framework, personal progression, nature, adult support, learning by doing, and the scout law and promise)..
The Youth Programme is implented through a partnership between young people and adults, based on the young person’s interests, needs and abilities and together they should :
Roles and Responsibilities
The Youth Programme should be everyone’s job within the Scout movement at all levels. It is important to differentiate between who is facilitationg, supporting, and developing the Youth programme. At all levels of work within the Youth Programme three roles performed by adults can be identified:
Evaluate, analyses, and designs the programme according to young people's needs, taking into account any new trends that arise. This role is generally practiced by the Youth Programme teams that develop the Programme at any Level.
Assists the development and implementation of Youth Programme. It includes a wide span of adults in Scouting who maybe volunteers or professionals working in the field of Youth Programme or elsewhere (e.g. in Adult Support)
Creates the right circumstances for young people to gain positive learning experiences through their Scout Life. This role is linked more to the implementation of the Progamme.
Key Principles for the Youth Programme