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Module G – What is a high quality programme?

Module G – What is a high quality programme?

(To be completed before Module H).
Below are optional activities for running this module. However, it's important to run activities and methods that best suit your ESYLs, ensuring you fulfil the aim and objectives of the modules.

The Scouting programme gives young people the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities to help them develop and achieve their full potential. During the course of a meeting term or session, or during a full year, young people should experience an exciting, enjoyable, high quality and balanced programme that covers a range of challenges, badges and activities relevant to their specific section.


This module aims to provide you with the knowledge of what a high quality, balanced programme is and looks like for the section support. It will help you to understand how awards and badges help to achieve this. It will also give you tips on where to find ideas for planning a high quality programme and tips on reviewing the programme to ensure that it's challenging, relevant and rewarding for each young person in the section.


By the end of this module, you'll be able to:

  • identify the key elements of the younger section programmes, activity badges, challenge awards,
    requirements for completing top awards, and Staged Activity Badges
  • explain how the awards and badges form a progressive Scheme from age 6 to 25
  • understand the concept and importance of having a balanced high quality programme and working towards the top awards
  • understand and explain how Moving On Awards improve links between sections
  • explain what makes us unique as an organisation
  • review the programme using the quality programme checkers


You'll need:

  • a selection of badges for the different younger sections
  • a dice (or a dice on a phone)
  • Programme objectives
  • pre-prepared sheet of ‘famous faces’
  • pens
  • paper
  • creative craft materials
  • Appendix J and Appendix K

Start this session by introducing the module, its aims and objectives.

What makes us unique?

If you have a Unit with ESYLs who have never been through Scouting, it's recommended to spend some time looking at some of the traditions and structures that make our movement unique. The amount of time you need to spend on this will depend on the experience of the ESYLs. Explain that as well as offering unique badges and awards, we have a structure and some traditions that contribute to our identity as Scouts. The Fundamentals of scouting are also covered in Module A.

The Promise and Scout Law

The Promise and Law are the simple way in which we help young people and adults to remember and think about the fundamentals of Scouting. It's therefore vital that every Member considers the Promise and discusses its meaning before making the Promise and being invested into Scouting. The promise is made by young people when they join a section. There are alternative versions of the promise for different faiths and beliefs or for those with no faith.

Ask the ESYLs to think of the most creative ways that a young person could make their promise. How can they make the experience memorable for young people?

The Scout Law

The law states how a Scout should act.
A Scout is to be trusted.
A Scout is loyal.
A Scout is friendly and considerate.
A Scout belongs to the world-wide family of Scouts.
A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.

Opening and close

Different sections will have their own opening and closing ceremony. Encourage the ESYLs to demonstrate their open and close in the section they support, so that they can see alternative ways of doing things. There are some common elements between different opening and closing ceremonies, such as building a lodge for Beavers, taking part in a Grand Howl for Cubs and completing a Flag Break for Scouts. Go through the benefits of having a clear open and close structure with the ESYLs. What does it add to meetings?

Salute, sign and handshake

Explain that in Scouting we have a salute, sign and handshake. Explain that the handshake is a sign of loyalty and trust and go over what loyalty and trust are. You could play ‘the left handshake game’ here to help ESYLs remember the left handshake. Instructions can be found on the icebreaker page of this book.

Peer leadership

Examples for using peer leadership are further explored in Module I.

  1. Go over the benefits of having a peer leadership system in a section, such as Lodges, Sixes and Patrols.
  2. Find out whether any of the ESYLs have ever been a peer leader. It's common to find that ESYLs have previously been a Patrol Leader.
  3. Ask the ESYLs to brainstorm all of the different things a peer leader could do or help with. Remember: it's important to give peer leaders tasks that are meaningful, in the same way it's important that ESYLs themselves are actively contributing and making a difference to the running of a section.
  4. Ideas could include helping run games, feeding back in forums or planning meetings, demonstrating activities to the section, showing their Lodge/Six/Patrol how to do something, looking after new members, or helping with the opening and closing of the meeting.

The world family of Scouting and the World Membership Badge

It's good to remind everyone within the unit that highlight that they are a part of something bigger. This is especially important to stress to ESYLs who are new to Scouting.

Talk about the fact that:

  • There are almost 50 million scouts worldwide. Scouts in different countries will have different traditions and programmes, but we are all united by our values.
  • The collective impact Scouting can have is huge. We are all working to make the world a better place through our shared values.
  • We can extend our reach even more. Imagine the impact we can have if every country has amazing ESYLs who volunteer their time and inspire the next generation of young people.

Thinking about transitions

When thinking about the programme as a whole, it's important that we also think about the transition between sections and young people’s experiences of moving up. Go over the benefits of a smooth transition with the ESYLs and explain that a section also has the responsibility to see every young person progress in their scouting journey, which includes moving onto the next section. Highlight that there are joining in and moving on badges to support transition and retention.

Reviewing the programme: The quality programme checkers and ensuring quality

Explain to ESYLs that it's imperative to review the programme regularly to see how things are going. A high quality programme leads to high retention and to happy young people.

The quality checkers are a tool to help with reviewing the programme. Hand them out to the group. Explain that they are not an inspection tool, but a tool to help you review your programme and to guide you on deciding which areas are your strengths and weaknesses. Young people themselves are often the best source of feedback. Ideas on how to gather feedback from young people is covered for ESYLs in Module I.

Conclusion of Module G
Summarise the module by revisiting the objectives. Ask the ESYLs whether they feel they have covered all of the objectives satisfactorily. Before they go, carry out a review or an evaluation of the session.