- Scouting in Oxfordshire has grown by almost 30% in the past 5 years, with over 8,000 young people and adult volunteers enjoying Scout activities every week.
- We plan to provide even better Scouting to all young people, and make it easier for our volunteers to deliver everyday Scouting.
The County Development Plan was launched at the County Conference in 2014. It detailed how we will ensure that there are enough sections in the right places, continue to provide excellent programmes, improve our external perception, and recognise the achievements of our volunteers.
At the heart of all this work will be our youth members. In line with The Scout Association's vision towards 2018, we will encourage young people and adults to work in partnership to achieve our development plan.
As part of our work towards The Scout Association's 2018 vision, we set up two Working Groups in early 2014. Made up of volunteers from across the County, both groups have conducted research and made recommendations that will now be implemented as part of the County Development Plan.
Youth Engagement Working Group
“Scouting in 2018 will be shaped by young people in partnership with adults”
The Youth Engagement Working Group has explored how we can involve young people from all sections, and at all levels in the County, in making decisions that will shape their Scouting journey.
From the working group, we now have a plan to have a County Youth Commissioner team, this team along with our youth forum will help us deliver Youth Shaped Scouting in Oxfordshire.
Inclusion Working Group
“Scouting in 2018 will be as diverse as the communities in which we live”
The Inclusion Working Group has been investigating how we can ensure that Scouting is open to any young person, regardless of their background. Their findings have detailed how we can open up new places for young people from certain backgrounds, and how we can better support our existing members who may have particular needs.