Stage One – The Defining Questions
- What are the burning issues that the members of Scouts Australia believe must be covered in the YPR?
- This question is complete.
- Read the report from this question in our Outcomes tab
- This report is simply a summary of the feedback we received. It is not a set of recommendations about the future of Scouting.
- Why do kids leave Scouting?
- This question is complete and a final report is being prepared.
- Describe our target market.
- This question is complete and a final report is being prepared.
- In twenty-first century Australia, what should be the Mission, Aim, Principles & Methods of Scouts Australia?
- What Promise & Law should the members of Scouting live by in 2020?
Stage Two – Scouting Today & The Needs of our Community
November 2013 till June 2014
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of National Scout Organisations with a similar society?
- What does the Australian community think of Scouting and where do they think we should be heading?
- A snapshot of Australian youth, their desires, needs and predictions for the future.
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of other successful youth organisations and activities?
Contributing to the answers for 2 and 3, is the outsourced research work available here.
Stage Three – Creating One Program
July 2014 – February 2015
This stage of the review started with the “Big Picture” fundamental requirements of a successful youth program.
Eight intergenerational teams researched and prepared recommendations on eight important areas of a future youth program. Their key questions are below, and you can obtain a deeper understanding of those questions by downloading the attached document.
- What should be the fundamentals of Scouting in 21st Century Australia?
- The Areas of Personal Growth (AoPG) – the key skills we develop in young people to develop character. What are the AoPG in 21st Century Australia and how do we develop these skills in our youth members?
- The Scout Method – how we implement our program. How do we adapt the Method (as prescribed by WOSM) to meet the needs of our community?
- Leadership for all. How do we create a developmental model of leadership for youth that is world standard?
- Adventurous – in content and activities – What makes our Scouting program adventurous in the 21st century?
- What is an appropriate age range that meets the needs of our members and ensures progression occurs at the right time?
- Define the characteristics of a dynamic and adventurous award scheme that meets the developmental needs of our members.
- The role of adults – How do they support the development of our youth members?
- What resources are required for both youth members & adults to support the new program?
To read the Stage 3 Reports, head to the outcomes page.
Stage Four – Designing Tomorrow
July 2015 – February 2016
This stage of the review is focused on developing an adventurous program that stimulates the development of our youth in each section, and flows as one continuous learning journey from beginning to end – from ages 6 to 26.
Starting with week long camp in July 2015, the five intergenerational teams workshopped, debated, and creatively imagined what a future youth program for Scouts Australia could look like. Their task was to:
- Consider how to implement the Areas of Personal Growth and Scout Method and the associated themes for the Age Sections
- The key Symbolic Framework or theme
- The core activities
- A developmental leadership model
- How the program will be adventurous
- How small groups function and the names of the groups
- The key names and description of how the section operates
- The role of adults
- An outline of the Personal Progression Scheme
After thousands of volunteer hours, these teams collaboratively developed the New Program Concept. This dynamic document outlines answer to all the above questions and summarised into a presentation. Each Branches delivery and communication of this presentation is different, however it involves engagement through workshop discussions, completing surveys, watching informational videos, and learning from other members he content of the New Program Concept.
Once presentations are underway across Australia, and arrangements have been made for rural Scouting communities, the New Program Concept and presentation will be available on the YPR website and open for comment.
Stage 4.5 – Imagining The Possibilities
Consultation on the New Program concepts
October 2016 – April 2017
The opportunity for members to have their say on the New Program Concept! This concept presents a vision for how Scouting might look and feel in the future, and the YPR Coordinating Team want to imagine the possibilities with you, and hear YOUR feedback on it!
The concepts have been developed over the last three years, drawing upon the expertise of the more than 100 volunteers (aged from 13 to over 70!) who have contributed to the project. Many of the elements of the concepts have also been tested in a variety of forums and formats over the time, including online surveys, visits to sections around the country, and displays, workshops and surveys at major events with all age sections. This is the first time to see, and provide feedback on, the whole concept and all of its components together.
None of the concepts have been approved or finalised yet, so this is your opportunity to get your voice heard in the design phase of the new program concept. Following this national consultation period, the concepts will be reviewed and improved based on the feedback received, before being tested in real Scout Groups and refined further.
You can have your voice heard by attending one of the workshops being held around Australia. The workshops are the best format to hear the concepts and be able to interact with others to discuss opinions, and to submit your thoughts. For those who are unable to attend a face-to-face workshop, the materials are expected to be released online in March 2017. After the workshop, you will have also the opportunity to provide further feedback and your in-depth thoughts through an online survey. Keep an eye on the Youth Program Review website and your regular Branch communication channels for where your local presentation is!
Workshops run for 3.5 hours and are open to all interested people. They are aimed at older Scouts, Venturers, Rovers, adult volunteers and parents, and we would appreciate your assistance in spreading the word to all of these people. Feedback from the youngest members will be sought through other methods.
The consultation is being run nationally and is expected to end in mid-April 2017.
Stage 5 – Turning Possibilities into realities
After extensive consultation, revising and reflection from Stage 4.5, Stage 5 will see the New Program Concept evolve from concepts to reality. Pending decisions of relevant National Committees, a detailed ‘Program Manual’ is expected to be delivered in March 2017, with distribution to the Scouting community following soon thereafter. This document will incorporate feedback received during the workshops, and will eventually form a guide for Scouting in the future. It will contain concrete frameworks and procedures that will show how incredible youth led programs are created and implemented effectively using the Scout Method.
Testing our concepts will be a selection of Scout Groups who will experiment and provide feedback on the Program Manual’s content.