(This page describes what the Vision for 2018 means to Greater London South East; it is based on work undertaken by the County SMT and others in December 2012 and further developed by the District Group Support Project Teams in June 2013)
We believe that what we are doing is of great value to the community. However, it is not always seen by people outside the movement. So we need to raise the profile of Scouting by demonstrating that a mutually beneficial relationship between young people and adults is contributing to society.
To do this effectively we need to alter others’ perceptions and opinions on Scouting. To achieve this we may need to change attitudes of some people within the movement to ensure that our volunteers are aligned with current philosophy. Our programmes must provide an appropriate level of focus on community engagement.
We recognise that the Association has been successful at influencing policy at national level but we need to ensure that through appropriate engagement we have similar success in influencing local issues.
Enabling young people to take a constructive role in society has always been central to the function of the Scout and is enshrined in both our values and the Association’s Royal Charter.
The Balanced Programme is designed to provide opportunities to develop the necessary skills and competences to contribute fully so full participation in the Programme will in itself move us towards achieving this element of the Vision.
Within that context we must ensure that our programme includes activities which raise awareness of current issues and of what behaviour is acceptable and desirable in society as well as practically making a difference (eg environmental or charitable fundraising projects). In addition we need to offer young people the opportunity to develop and practise the necessary skills – including decision making, leadership and advocacy so that they can make their voice heard on all aspects of society, including political environmental and social.
We need to recognise, understand and respond to changes that are happening in society. These include changes to working patterns which result in us having to take a more flexible approach to volunteering as well as economic, technological and demographic changes. This will require us to be more outward-looking. We recognise that without knowing what change will occur we cannot plan for specific future change. We want to work towards creating a more responsible and harmonious community.
In response to changes we already know about we will:
In response to changes as yet unknown we will:
Scouting has always espoused the value of involving young people in its management and leadership. We must ensure that young people are engaged in planning their programme and experiences as a core part of the 6-25 programme, with their contribution being valued and acted on. This will be a progressive process with the opportunity to make a far greater contribution as their skills and experience increase.
Adults need to be equipped with the necessary skills, appropriate attitudes and behaviours to be able to deliver this.
We should also actively encourage youth members over 18 to develop suitable skills to be able to be able to take up commissioner and other management roles within the County.
We believe that as many young people as possible should benefit from the experience of Scouting. The partnership between adults and youth members has always been central to its delivery so we need as many adults as possible to assist in delivering that experience to an increasing number of young people and providing effective governance and support.
Fun, challenge and adventure are central to the Scout Method and provide the motivation for our members take part. Our adults are further rewarded by satisfaction with what we do or who we are and without that motivation we would lose them.
We recognise that many groups make up the population of our area, including people of both sexes with different abilities (physical and mental), age, economic circumstances, ethnicity, religions, political persuasions, sexuality etc. We believe the Scout experience is of value to all young people and want to understand and remove bars to access to any particular sections of the community. To achieve this we will need to understand the obstacles to membership (where they exist) and positively seek to overcome them.
We also want to ensure that no conscious or unconscious discrimination prevents us from recruiting the best adult volunteers to meet Scouting’s needs.
We need to use these elements of the vision both in drawing up detailed plans, and as a measure of our success. They provide a check that our methods are appropriate to and effective in achieving our longer term goals.
This page was last updated on 2 October 2014 by Mike Jackson