It was fantastic to see so many young people participating with YouShape month in February. This was a month to focus on youth shaped scouting and embed this traditional part of scouting into what the young people do. Also it was a chance to celebrate the fantastic examples of youth shaped scouting that is already taking place across West Sussex. During the month we were focusing on 4 areas:
- Promotion of sectional forums
- Promotion of district forums
- Favorite moment competition
- County youth forum
We saw some great examples of sectional and district forums over social media, they’re a great way to getting young people to decide what they want to do whilst in scouting. We had some amazing entries for the favorite moment competition, including many drawings and poems. This was won by a Cub from 1st Yapton and Ford who claimed the £50 Amazon voucher up for grabs, their winning entry is below.
The county youth forum was a great success, with over 30 young people from all over the county. The weekend was filled with some fun activities and finding out what are the best bits about scouting, what’s the bet way to communicate with young people and what they want to gain from scouting. We also had a visit from Hannah Kentish, the UK Youth Commissioner, who was getting involved with the activities and listening to the young people’s views. Finally we’d like to congratulate 1st Yapton and Ford Cub’s for completing their YouShape gold award and they received the £100 scout shops voucher.