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Volunteering at Scouts is changing to help us reach more young people

Volunteering is changing to help us reach more young people

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How you can help make Scouts more inclusive

Supporting Scouts’ race equity work

This work is a journey and it relies on every one of us choosing to take action. Whatever role you play in the movement, there are things you can do to support this important work.

We’ll keep adding to this page as the work progresses but, for now, here are some things you can do to make Scouts a place where everyone, no matter their background, can be themselves and thrive.

Join our Race Equity Co-Creation Group

Our Race Equity Co-Creation Group will comprise of diverse and passionate volunteers who support our staff team with delivering the race equity project.

If you’re a volunteer from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background with a keen interest in actively shaping the future of race equity at Scouts, we’d love to hear from you.

We have a co-creation group already up and running, but we're still open to hearing from new people.

Share stories about your successes

Championing the efforts and inclusive practices of our volunteers is incredibly important to us.

If you're already a part of the movement and would like to share an experience that made you feel welcome and included, or something you’ve done to support inclusion, we’d love to hear from you.

Grow Scouts in your community 

Learn from the success of our newest section, Squirrels, with our furthering reach toolkit.

It contains various ideas and resources to grow engagement in your local communities and bring Scouts to even more young people.  

Run activities about equity, diversity and inclusion

Try out some of these activities to introduce your groups to ideas of equity, diversity and inclusion. You can find loads more ideas on our activity finder.

  • When the wind blows – Learning more about your friends is a breeze with this active game.
  • Someone like me – Explore different aspects of identity and how we all might have more in common than you think with this thought-provoking activity.
  • Our group, our culture – What’s special about your group? Discover your culture, then come up with a mission statement and friendly welcome.
  • Making connections – Build links with other Scout groups and learn about diversity in Scouts.
  • Be the change – Plan how your group can make a positive change in your community.
  • Interacting with different communities - One way to understand a faith or culture is to step into someone else’s shoes and visit the place they practice it.
  • Make kindness cards - Spread some love around your community by creating and posting thoughtful cards.
  • Make kindness pebbles - Show how a kind message can make all the difference when helping someone and write one for a friend in need.
  • Play Catch the Dragon’s Tail - Discover how animals represent things in different cultures with this fun game from China. Will the head catch the tail?
  • Chinese Window Flowers - Make some Chinese paper cut artwork and learn about Lunar New Year.
  • Timeline for change – Get creative, get moving, and create a timeline of Black British history.
  • Night at the movies – Set up your screen and learn about Black history and culture by sharing a cinematic experience.
  • Henna hands - Explore the art and traditions of henna by creating a decorated henna hand.
  • Make samba shakers - Learn about Brazilian Carnival, then join in by making your own samba shakers.
  • Learn about Korean etiquette - Learn some Korean etiquette tips that'll be sure to impress with this true or false game.
  • Celebrate Caribbean Carnival - Make a colourful headband, try some Caribbean flavours and get dancing.

General activities, for use for any faith or belief

  • Faith feathers - Explore how a member of a world religion puts their faith into action, and create faith feathers for a paper bird. 
  • Place of worship pilgrimage – Plan your own small-scale pilgrimage to a local place of worship or sacred site.
  • What can you spot? – Visit a place of worship and share your experiences.
  • Party Planning Pandemonium - Can you match the item or tradition to the celebration? Learn about religious festivals in this fast-paced game.
  • Make salt dough decorations - Commemorate different events throughout the year with these fantastic ornaments.

Specific activities, related to specific faith or belief events and festivals

  • Equity spaghetti – Work together to achieve a shared goal, and explore how it feels to be on the receiving end of differential treatment.
  • The tag game – Use these quick games to introduce the idea of affinity bias and what we have in common, even when we’re different.
What we mean by race equity

Discover what race equity means to Scouts and how we’re working to become a movement that gives everyone what they need to thrive.  

Find out what race equity means >
Shaping our race equity work

Find out how our members are shaping our work.

Discover what we've learned >
Race Equity Project Board

The board bring a wealth of experience in their professional, volunteer and personal lives to guide the direction for the race equity project at Scouts.

Meet the Race Equity Project Board >