Subject to the Rules governing age ranges and mixed membership the Scout Movement is open to all young people of whatever background.
The Scout Association recognises, however, that access to Scouting is not equally available to all groups and communities across society as a whole.
The Operations sub-Committee of the Trustee Board and the Regional Services Team at Headquarters support the Movement in its work in making Scouting available to all.
In particular, through the use of innovation and experiment, it supports local Scouting in meeting the needs of young people in areas of urban disadvantage or priority, in highly rural areas, and among the minority ethnic communities.
It also works in collaboration with other agencies to support those disadvantaged young people who might benefit from its programme and ethos, and who may never become full Members of the Movement.
The Regional Services Team supports local Scouting in a number of different ways:
- through the production and distribution of development material;
- through the sharing of experience and models of good practice;
- through support and advice from Headquarters staff, volunteer and professional;
- through recommendations to the National Development Grants Board for financial support.
Those seeking help in this field should contact the Regional Services Team at Headquarters in the first instance.
[Whilst Development Managers and Officers support the development of Scouting in England, the National Regional Services Manager works closely with Scottish Headquarters, the ScoutsCymru Office and the Northern Ireland Scout Council on development matters.]