Here is Part 1 of your YouShape pack 2018 from your County Youth Commissioners!

Youth Shaped Scouting allows young people to shape their Scouting experiences in partnership with adults. It is all about taking ideas from your young people and making them happen in your programme meetings and camps. YouShape means finding out what your young people have enjoyed doing, what they’d like to do differently and making sure everything we do in Scouting is enjoyable for everyone involved.

February is YouShape month, the UK Scouting campaign which aims to inspire young people to have ideas and shape their Scouting. But YouShape is for life, not just for February. This pack will show you how to make Scouting Youth Shaped all year round – February is just the start!

We understand that many Leaders find the idea of YouShape challenging, time consuming, or even a bit scary! We have put this pack together to try to demonstrate that in fact Youth Shaped Scouting is rewarding, important and actually very easy. Equally, we know that many Groups are already very Youth Shaped, but may not realise the importance of what they are doing. We want to inspire you to make your programme, events and camps even more Youth Shaped and encourage you to ‘shout out’ about the amazing things your young people have been doing.

Your YouShape pack is split into 2 parts:

Part 1: The Community Impact booklet:  pdf - Community Impact Booklet

This shows an example of how Youth Shaped Scouting can work on a large scale. It includes guidance on how your young people can decide for themselves how they can support others in their community. You can also read the story of how 109th Leicester Beavers won ‘A Million Hands’ project of the year 2016.

Part 2: The YouShape booklet and video: ( TO FOLLOW)

This booklet gives guidance and support on how you can make your Section/Group/District Youth Shaped. It includes advice on Forums and Feedback, and includes fun activities to help get ideas from your young people. The video allows you to watch Youth Shaped Scouting in action. It includes the thoughts of 109th

Leicester Beavers, leaders and your County Youth Commissioners. Wonderfully presented by Luke, aged 8, be sure to give it a watch!

We are here to support you. We would love to hear what you think of our YouShape pack, how we can help you more and what your young people have been doing. We are keen to come and visit your District events and assist with Youth Shaped activities. You can contact us on jack.barber@leicestershirescouts.org.uk or sam.buswell@leicestershirescouts.org.uk.

We are also on social media! Follow our Facebook page (Jack and Sam Leicestershire Youth Commissioners – @LeicCYCs) or Twitter @Leic_CYCs.

On the last page of theYouShape booklet, (released next week), you can also see the contact details for your District Youth Commissioners or YouShape representative, who you can contact with questions or invite to your Group and District events.

Youth Shaped Scouting is for everyone, whatever your age and your role in Scouting. Whatever it is you’re doing, YouShape should always be at the forefront of your thinking.

iScout, but do you YouShape?

Jack Barber and Sam Buswell

Leicestershire Youth Commissioners