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Programme methods and objectives

The Programme Methods

The Scout Method states in general terms the key ways that Scouting is delivered. The programme methods build on this with specific examples of types of activities that young people should experience or take part in while they are in Scouting. Overall the methods are designed to offer a framework of ways that Scouting can be delivered to make sure that young people have a positive and well rounded experience.

Programme Objectives

In order to make sure that the programme meets Scouting’s fundamental purpose, a number of programme objectives set out what young people of different ages should gain from taking part in Scouting. The programme objectives underpin the requirements of the badges, awards and other programme elements. This means that if you are following the balanced programme and young people have the opportunity to achieve Chief Scout’s Awards and the Queen’s Scout Award, they will be meeting the programme objectives.

The objectives are based on Scouting’s Purpose: ‘Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society’.

Personal development in this context is about meeting the needs of young people in terms of holistic self development. Scouting addresses many needs of young people including: having fun, building and maintaining relationships, personal development, self-respect, discernment and empowerment. Personal development includes social, physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development.

The programme objectives are broken down into these five areas of personal development. Detailed objectives relate more specifically to the needs of young people.

Physical - There are two objectives in this area of development – health and fitness – which include the impact of diet, illness and exercise, as well as how to take action in an emergency.

Intellectual - There are three objectives in this area – learning skills, creativity and judgement. These are about young people developing skills and talents, expressing themselves creatively, problem solving and making choices.

Emotional - There are two objectives in this area – self-identity and emotional expression. Young people in Scouting explore their own identity and personality, learn how to deal with and express their emotions, and learn to respond to others’ emotions.

Social - There are three objectives in this area – relationships, teamwork and community – all of which are about how we live and work with others as part of our local, national and international community.

Spiritual - There is one objective in this area, which focuses on exploring faiths, beliefs and attitudes that are meaningful to young people individually, and to others around them.

In total there are 11 objectives for each section, which are what a young person should be able to do by the time they leave that section. you can view these here