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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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Take part in our Scout Activity Badge survey

Get involved and let young people have their say on the Scout section activity badge review

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You’ll need

  • Access to the internet
  • Device with access to the internet
Research Letter
PDF – 211.0KB

We’re excited to start a review of our Scout Activity Badges in the UK. This review is for the 50 activity badges that are available for our Scout Section for 10.5-14 year olds.  

Our aims for the badge review

This review will help us to make sure Scouts continues to be engaging, exciting and relevant for all young people across the UK and British Scouting Overseas (BSO) branches.

As part of this review, we want to get ideas and feedback from Scouts and volunteers about the current Scouts Activity Badges. Your feedback and ideas will help us to improve existing badges and create new activities, so that Scouts better reflects the interests and likes of the young people in it.

We want Scouts from all over the UK to take part in providing feedback. Therefore, we’ve created this activity, to be run during a normal Scout session, to help young people tell us what they love and what they dislike about their programme. All this feedback will then play an important role in shaping the future of Scouts.   

Before you begin

  • Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Take a look at our guidance to help you carry out your risk assessment, including examples.  
  • Make sure all young people and adults involved in the activity know how to take part safely.
  • Make sure you’ll have enough adult helpers. You may need some parents and carers to help if you’re short on helpers.

Preparing for the activity

  • Make sure that the parents and carers of all young people taking part are aware of the activity. They must acknowledge or consent to their young person taking part. You can do this by sending a letter and we’ve attached one to use to this page.   
  • This is only a short activity, so could be run alongside another activity. Why not run it alongside our Design a Scout Badge activity?
  • For those who may not find using the device easy, or if you don’t have access to the internet or devices, you could print off the questions and have people write down or draw their answers. You could then record the answers, such as by taking photos, to submit later. You can submit them directly to the programme team at Charly.O'

Running this activity

  1. Gather the young people and briefly explain the purpose of the activity: to provide feedback on the current Scouts Activity Badges to help improve the future programme of Scouts.
  2. Explain that each young person will have the opportunity to anonymously share their thoughts and opinions through a survey.
  3. There are 10 questions and all are multiple choice. 
  4. Assure them that their responses will be confidential and that no personally identifiable information will be collected.
  5. Make sure that the tablet, computer or smartphone is in a safe space away from any other ongoing activities and has support of a leader or adult volunteer.
  6. Once a young person, a pair or team - depending on your resources - is ready, allow them to begin the survey. 
  7. Tell the young people to open the survey link provided and complete the multiple-choice questions honestly based on their experiences and preferences.
  8. You may want to also have a tab with the current activity badges.
  9. Encourage them to take their time and consider each question thoughtfully.
  10. Offer assistance to anyone who may need help navigating the survey or understanding the questions.
  11. Once they have completed the survey, instruct them on how to submit their responses.
  12. Remind them that their feedback is valuable and will contribute to shaping the future of Scout activities.
  13. Once completed, have a discussion about what they thought, what they like and dislike as a group. Is there anything you could incorporate into next term or anything they wished was a badge but isn't?

Data Protection

The data collected from this activity will be anonymous. This means that we won’t collect any information that could personally identify someone. All questions are multiple choice only.  

The data you provide us with is securely stored in our internal encrypted servers, in line with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law. Your data will be stored until this project ends. After this time, your data will be deleted. This research doesn’t ask you any questions that would allow you to be identified. We’ll treat all information you provide as confidential. For more information on how we manage your data, please see our Data Protection Policy. 

If you’ve any concerns about how your data is being used for this research, you can contact:  


This activity was all about the Scout programme and giving your feedback on it. How did you find the survey?

You were asked to think about the badges and activities. What were your favourites? Did it make you think more about the activities you have been doing? Was there anything which surprised you or made you think about things differently?

Your answers will go with lots of other Scouts answers to help review the current badges and activities. How does it feel to be asked your opinion? What’s it like to be involved in the process? What do you think other Scouts might say? Why’s it important to get lots of different opinions, ideas and feedback?


All activities must be safely managed. You must complete a thorough risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Always get approval for the activity, and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Online safety

Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe. Take a look at our online safety or bullying guidance. The NSPCC offers more advice and guidance, too. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection CommandAs always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare, including their online experiences, follow the Yellow Card to make a report.

Make it accessible

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.