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Inspired by an article in this month's "INGLEBORO' INFO":

Young people have an important voice in Scouting but..... are they getting a chance to use it in your section?

Following the success of #YouShape over the two years, the Scout Association has designated February 2019 as another youth shaped month when we can all focus on empowering young people to decide, design and implement their own programme. Have you made any plans for this yet? There’s lots of ideas on the Scout Association and OSM websites.

Young people working in partnership with adults in Scouting, has always been something we have been proud of. Youth Shaped Scouting not only improves the way we Scout, but also the young people involved. Learning to speak up, be heard and work towards improving something you are passionate about is an incredible learning experience for the youngest Beaver right the way through to our eldest Network member.

The more young people are involved in shaping their Scouting experiences the more they will get out of it, and the more likely they are to stay, do well and achieve their top awards.

Our new strategy; Skills for Life lays out a plan for the next four years to 2023 so that we can support even more adults and young people as we develop Scouting’s future together. With this plan we’re building on the successes of our last plan Scouting for all, by continuing to focus on growth, inclusion, youth shaped Scouting and community impact.

Involving young people in decision making is essential for our governance structures to stay informed and responsive to the fast-paced changes facing young people in the 21st Century. By encouraging a mixture of experiences and ages on our executive committees and District/County teams, we are more likely to encourage healthy debate and make better decisions which are relevant to the lives of young people in today’s society.

I'm sure we ALL agree with this - and should aim to get to level 7!