News | The Scout Association partners with the National Citizen Service


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The Scout Association and the National Citizen Service announce a new three-year partnership to support more young people across England.

The Scout Association has embarked on a pilot partnership with the National Citizen Service (NCS). We will be working in partnership to achieve our shared goal to help young people prepare for the future and develop crucial skills for life. This partnership aspires to co-design and pilot ideas through NCS's new Innovation Programme on a trial basis for a three-year period, enabling even more young people to realise, and achieve, their potential.

The partnership will:

  • open up new opportunities for The Scout Association to deliver innovative NCS programmes, enhancing the impact and quality of the Explorer Scout and Young Leader experience by integrating the NCS experience within Scouting. This will support the growth of both organisations and offer new opportunities for social mixing
  • offer unique social action and personal development opportunities for NCS graduates to support Explorer Scouts, Scout Network, the Young Leaders Scheme and adult volunteering in Scouting. This will help extend the reach of NCS beyond its core programme and support sustainable growth for Scouting
  • offer new roles for NCS graduates to support the growth of Scouting in disadvantaged communities, increasing the reach to communities that stand to benefit most
  • allow both organisations to test and learn new approaches that will improve outcomes for young people and deliver good value for money

Michael Lynas, CEO of NCS, commented: ‘The partnership between National Citizen Service and The Scout Association is all about two great organisations coming together in the interests of our country’s young people. This partnership means that young people from all backgrounds will benefit from NCS programmes delivered by the Scouting Movement, and NCS graduates can in turn help Scouting to expand its work in some of our most disadvantaged communities.

The Scouts are a great part of our national life and we are proud to launch our new Innovation Programme with them – working together to offer more life changing experiences for young people from all backgrounds.

Matt Hyde, Chief Executive of The Scout Association, added:

‘If the last few months have taught us anything, it is that this generation inherits a society with big and complex challenges. NCS and Scouting have a shared aspiration to help young people realise their potential, celebrate difference and develop the life skills to tackle those challenges head on.

Marrying the scale, reach and 110 years’ of experience of Scouting with the resource and innovative delivery of NCS will mean we have an even greater impact on many more young people. We hope that NCS graduates will become the Scout volunteers of the future. With some 50,000 young people waiting to join Scouting due to a lack of leaders, there has never been a more pressing need.’

Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, who will join the newly formed NCS Patrons board, which is chaired by former PM David Cameron, says ‘NCS and The Scout Association are committed to giving young people adventure, challenges, and skills for life, ensuring they have the very best chance of getting ahead in a fiercely competitive world.

As Chief Scout, I am proud to recognise this exciting new partnership with NCS by becoming an NCS Patron. Together, we will help prepare more young people for the adventure of life.’


For more insight into the partnership, read Matt Hyde’s op-ed, A shared vision for young people and a stronger society.


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