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How to keep young people engaged

The obvious reason that young people leave Scouts is that they’re not enjoying it anymore. Providing a quality programme is crucial to keeping your sections going. 

A quality programme is challenging, relevant and rewarding for every young person.  Use the Quality Programme Checker to see if you’re offering your young people an experience that’ll keep them coming back for more. 

The Quality Programme Checker

The Quality Programme Checker is a tool designed to help you check that you’re delivering a quality programme to the young people in your section. 

It uses a Red Amber Green (RAG) system to show what you’re doing well and where the programme could be even better. 

Click on the links below for the Quality Programme Checkers for each section:

Programme planning tool

Programme planning doesn’t need to be a chore. The programme planning tool is full of amazing activity ideas. Use it to give your programme a boost and offer your young people the opportunity to learn important skills and have mind-boggling adventures.

Keep parents informed

Our Parent’s Guides give a brief introduction to each section, outlining the activities young people take part in, explaining the promise we make and even showing family members where all the badges go! They also highlight the skills young people develop at Scouts.

Use the Guides to show new adults and young people what Scouts is all about, as well as to keep existing members’ parents involved and informed.

There are four section-specific versions available to download: 

They can also be found at:

  • Brand centre – Guides are available on the Print Centre. Personalise to make them relevant to your local section/group, download them for free or purchase a printed copy. 
  • Scout Store online – You can also order copies here for free with a 50 leaflet maximum order.

Moving on up

Keeping good strong connections between the sections can really help to make sure your young people don’t drop off between sections. For tips on how to prepare your young people to move up to the next section, have a look at the following resources: