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Skills for Life

Our plan to deliver better futures

Our pillars of work

We have a plan of action to increase volunteer support and extend our reach to more young people. This plan of action includes three pillars of work; programme, people and perception.

We can’t start all 17 initiatives at once. Our priority for year one will be on what our volunteers and young people have asked for; developing amazing sections leaders with practical skills to deliver an inspiring programme.



A fun, enjoyable, high quality programme consistently delivered and supported by simple (digital) tools.

Develop amazing Section Leaders

Equipping Section Leaders with skills and knowledge

Digital programme planning

Making it easier to find and share programme ideas

Off the shelf programmes

Ready-made programmes focusing on top awards


More, well trained, better supported and motivated adult volunteers and young people, from diverse backgrounds.

Simpler training

Focusing on practical Scouting skills


Scouting is clearly understood, more visible, trusted, respected and widely seen as playing a key role in today’s society.

Brand roll out

Rolling out the Skills for Life brand

Rolling out

In Planning
Digital tools to track progress

Making it easier to track young people's progress

Review 14-25 year old provision

Ensuring Scouting remains attractive and relevant

Transform adult recruitment

Improving the recruitment and joining process

Better online resources

Rolling improvements to

Improve the joining process for young people

Extending our reach by making it easier to join Scouting

Communication support

Tools and resources to promote the benefits of Scouting

Uniform review

A practical and relevant uniform for society today

Dependent on external funding or partnerships
Scouting in schools

Extending our reach to more young people

Seeking partnerships

Reach under-represented communities

Extending our reach to those that benefit most

Seeking partnerships

Explore early years provision (4 and 5 year olds)

Scouting to positively impact a younger age

Seeking partnerships

Partnerships to enhance the programme

Scouting to positively impact a younger age

Seeking partnerships

Links to employability skills

Clearer links to employment and further education

Seeking partnerships