- we will continue to open new sections, ensuring that every Group offers provision across the full 6-14 age range, and Districts across the 14-25 age range
- we will grow Scouting in areas of deprivation with focus on communities that are under-represented in the movement
Scouting does not always reflect the diversity of our society. Reflecting the diversity of our communities is crucial if we are to be seen as relevant and important in our society today. To do this we need to be welcoming and inclusive, breaking down any barriers that prevent people from joining and staying.
We have successfully started 834 sections in areas of deprivation since 2013. We want to continue to provide Scouting to young people who could benefit most from the character, employability and practical skills Scouting provides.
In January 2017, the Inclusivity Advisory Group, made up of Scout volunteers and external experts in inclusion and diversity, was formed to shape our work on Inclusivity.
Based on research and consultation, they have made recommendations which were approved in January 2018 by the Board of Trustees. We will implement these recommendations to increase the diversity of our membership and improve the public perception of how inclusive Scouting is.
Starting Scouting in new areas of deprivation and under-represented communities is dependent on external funding and new partnerships. However, we can and should continue to open new sections where there is support and resource already available.
We have a partnership with Girlguiding, with funding to focus on growing Scouting in areas of deprivation.
We have recently formed a partnership with the National Citizenship Service (NCS) Trust through which we will focus on delivering innovative NCS programmes and growing Scouting in areas that would benefit most. For more information read our announcement.
Next steps for volunteers
- As we secure additional funding, UK headquarters will work with volunteers to identify areas of deprivation and under-represented communities where we can grow Scouting. Volunteers can contact the Regional Services Team (in England) for support.
- Read the County/Area/Region (Scotland) and District Guides to find out what support is available to help grow Scouting and start sections in areas of deprivation.
- Understand how to make our movement more inclusive by using the Inclusivity RAG Assessment for sections, Groups or Districts.