Our vision

By 2023 we will have prepared more young people with skills for life, supported by amazing leaders delivering an inspiring programme.

We will be growing, more inclusive, shaped by young people and making a bigger impact in our communities.

Our goals

Our plan is to build on the success of the previous plan: to continue to grow, become more inclusive, to be shaped by young people and to make a bigger impact in our communities. We have set new goals for 2023. There are specific goals for Scotland.

Growth

As a movement, we have grown for the last 13 years. We want to continue that positive trend, bringing skills for life to more young people across the UK.

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Number of young people (6-18) in Scouting
Data source: Scouts Annual Census Survey

By 2023 we will have:

  • 50,000 more young people aged 6-18 in Scouts
  • 10,000 more frontline adult volunteers (Section Leaders and Assistant Section Leaders)
  • 5,000 more Young Leaders

Inclusivity

Scouts is open to all. We now have over 102,000 girls and have started 834 sections in areas of deprivation since 2013. We believe it’s a priority to reflect the diversity of the communities we are in.

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Number of sections in areas of deprivation
Data source: Better Prepared and grant funded projects

By 2023:

  • we will have started Scouts in 500 more areas of deprivation reaching young people who could benefit the most
  • our adult volunteers will reflect the demographics of our society

Youth Shaped

Over the last four years, there has been a growing momentum to ensure young people are shaping their experiences and taking on leadership roles at Scouts. We want to continue to build on this.

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Percentage of sections running regular youth forums enabling young
people to shape their programme
Data Source: Your Programme Your Voice annual volunteer survey

By 2023:

  • 250,000 young people will be shaping their experiences at Scouts
  • 50% of young people will be achieving the top awards

Community Impact

Since the launch of our social action campaign, A Million Hands, in 2015, over 250,000 young people have had the opportunity to take part in high quality social action on four big issues of our time. The campaign won 'Cross-Sector Partnership of the Year' at the Charity Times Awards in 2016.

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Percentage of sections taking part in a community impact project
Data Source: Your Programme Your Voice survey 2015/2017 and Strategy survey 2016

By 2023:

  • at least 250,000 young people will be making a positive impact in their community each year
  • 50% of young people will be achieving the top awards

Achieving our goals

Our volunteer members are key to the success of this plan, so we have developed a series of actions that members can take to help achieve these goals.

PDF versions of the full plan are available here:

Skills for Life plan (all audiences) Skills for Life plan (for members)