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What issues could you consider when developing Group Plans?

This guidance is in two parts.  The first lists all the actions for Groups, Sections and individual youth members included in the four areas of the Association’s 2014-18 Strategy.  If any of the Group targets have not already been achieved in your Group they should be placed near the top of your priority list.

The second part is a list of questions to consider which look at the areas of the Vision for 2018 more broadly.  These should help you to identify actions which will enable your Group to provide even better Scouting for even more young people.


A         The Association’s 2014-18 Strategy - Actions

A1       Growth:

District Commissioners will support Groups to ensure they have at least three active sections.

GSLs will work with Sections to ensure members are not being lost between, and within, sections and that you are delivering an amazing programme.

Youth members should recruit a new friend to join their section every year, telling them how amazing Scouts is and the impact it has had on their life.

A2       Inclusivity:

Groups will be encouraged to work towards achieving at least four girls per section.

Sections will ensure that all young people feel welcome regardless of their faith, gender or background. Equally, money should not be a barrier to joining Scouting.

Youth members should talk about their positive experience of Scouting with their friends; mention the different kinds of people they meet at Scouts.

A3       Youth Shaped:

Groups will check that young people are represented in the Group Executive and that you promote the Young Leaders’ Scheme.

Sections will ensure that they hold regular consultations with young people in the form of Network and Unit discussions, Patrol Leaders’ forums, Sixers’ meetings and Beaver log chews.

Youth members should have their say about what they do in Beavers / Cubs / Scouts / Explorers / Network; if they are aged 14+ consider becoming a Young Leader.

A4       Community Impact:

Groups will start, or continue, one community impact project within the Group every year.

Sections will work with the other sections in your Group to start, or continue, one community impact project every year.

Youth members should earn all four stages of the Community Impact Badge as you progress through Scouting.


B         The 2018 Vision – Areas to consider

B1       Scouting in 2018 will:

• Make a positive impact in our communities

Is there anything we can be doing to raise our profile within the local community?

Could we be doing any more to be working in partnership with other Scout Groups or organisations outside Scouting?

Are there opportunities to increase our members’ (youth and adult) engagement in community activity outside Scouting?


• Prepare young people to be active citizens

Are our youth members making good progress within the balanced programme and gaining top awards?

Could we be making better use of the Young Leader scheme effectively?

Are our youth members engaging in community service projects appropriate to their age ranges?


• Embrace and contribute to social change

Do we make the best use of flexibility available to encourage the widest range of adult volunteers?

Could we make better use of current technology?


B2       Scouting in 2018 will be:

• Shaped by young people in partnership with adults

Does every youth member have the opportunity to participate in appropriate youth forum(s)?

Could those youth forums etc be more effective in ensuring that youth members are fully involved in “shaping” their scouting experience?

Do we give younger adult volunteers the opportunity to continually develop their leadership and management skills?

What support is needed to ensure that the Group Executive Committee remains (or becomes) effective?


• Enjoyed by more young people and more adult volunteers

Are there specific blockages on increasing the numbers within the Group (eg size of hall, number of sessions available etc)? If so how could they be overcome?

Are there threats to the Group (eg potential loss of HQ, redevelopment of catchment area) and what action can be taken?

How large would the Group expect to be in – say – 3 or 5 years time?  Are all members in agreement with this target?

Are there sufficient adults to deliver good Scouting (both in leadership and support / governance roles)?  Are there enough to carry on when a key volunteer leaves?  What is the overall adult recruitment plan and can it be made more effective?

Can we improve the way adults in the Group are managed and supported?

Is scouting within the Group fun for youth members and adults?


• As diverse as the communities in which we live

Are there any parts of the community under-represented within the Group?  If so is there a need to address this?

What plans are there to ensure that youth members from relatively poor families do not miss out on activities?


B3       Members of Scouting in 2018 will feel:

• Empowered

Do GSLs ensure that adults within the Group do not feel restricted in what they can achieve?

Are management meetings between GSLs and leaders happening regularly and effectively?

• Valued

What do we need to do so that we know the extent to which our adult and youth members feel valued?  (We may have to ask them)

How do we ensure that adult service is recognised through service awards and informal recognition?

• Proud

How proud are our youth and adult members of the Scouting we are enjoying?


This page was last updated on 2 October 2014 by Mike Jackson