Right from the start, Lord Baden-Powell’s vision for Scouting was of a program in which the youth took responsibility for their activities and adventures. Scouts play the most important role within their Sections, and Scouters need to give them the opportunity to step up and run the program.
Youth decide what activities they want to do, what adventures they want to undertake and what challenges they wish to give themselves. Youth bring their own ideas and interests to the mix to create Adventures in all six Program Areas (Environment & Outdoors, Leadership, Active & Healthy Living, Citizenship, Creative Expression, and Beliefs & Values) so that the program truly becomes their own. They can use resource materials provided to suggest starting points in the Plan-Do-Review process for all kinds of adventures.
This does not mean that there is no Scouter involvement in the program, of course. Youth-led is not a free-for-all where anything goes while the adults stand back and watch. Our Scouters have an active role in mentoring, encouraging, guiding and inspiring the youth.
Scouters are ultimately responsible for creating a safe, inclusive, and fun environments where youth can take on increasing responsibility and leadership roles.
“At the meeting, briefly explain what you are going to do and that Scouting was started by YOUTH and is a YOUTH-LED program. ‘Tonight you are in charge, and you get to choose our next big adventure!’”Jason, Mentor in Newfoundland and Labrador
View the latest resources to help drive some Youth-led support for their next Scouting Adventures. The items below will help Scouts and Scouters discover a simple process to making any Adventure a reality!
Here are some activities that will support Youth-led in your Section.
There are a number of resources available to aid the implementation of the Four Elements of the Canadian Path.Resources →
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“Each youth was asked what did they want to do in Beavers this year. So each youth drew a picture and explained to the Scouters what they meant.”Brenda, Mentor in Shining Waters