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#YouShape month is back for February and a time to celebrate Youth Shaped Scouting in Suffolk.

Youth Shaped Scouting isn’t a new concept, it’s been around since Baden Powell’s time. It is a fundamental of what we do in Scouting!

Youth Shaped Scouting is:
Young people (aged 6-25) shaping and influencing their Scouting adventure, working in partnership with adult leaders!
This YouShape month we want to celebrate even more and even louder!
We would like to ask EVERY group to participate!

What you can do:


•  Promote Youth Shaped Scouting with #YouShape & #YouthShaped.
•  Support Young people in making decisions, and positive auctioning.
•  Support Young leaders doing their Missions & Modules.
•  Recruit and supporting 18-24 year olds to join executive committees.
•  Hold regular forums at all sections.
•  Involve your section in the programme planning processes.
•  Support and celebrate your peer leader (Lodge leaders, Sixers, Seconders, APLs, and PLs etc).
•  Use the resources found on the #youshape tab on the County website.
•  Support younger adult leaders.
•  Invite your Youth Commissioner/s to come and visit.
•  Encourage youth led activities (young people running the programme/game/ activity).
•  Welcome constructive feedback.
•  Aiming for the Top Awards!
•  Carry on being awesome!

If you do any of the above, then we would love to hear and celebrate! Take a photo of the adventure and share the adventure on the Youth Shaped Scouting Facebook Page or via email to the County Youth Commissioner – Ollie Smith.

To send your stories or photos in, or to invite a member of the team to come to celebrate with you, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or any questions/ want to find out more get in touch!

This year we are asking for each and every group to fill out a very short survey regarding Youth Shaped Scouting and looking ahead to 2021 for Suffolk’s NEW international MOOT!

Please fill out the online survey as a leader, but we would also like the Scouts and Explorer sections to take part. This can be done by sending them the link to do independently, or as a group effort holding a forum and filling in the survey on one device/writing down and transferring. This is a perfect opportunity to coincide this with a normal forum you are having at your sections.

LEADER SURVEY: https://goo.gl/forms/cl8xNc4toc8QYY7f1

SCOUT / EXPLORER SURVEY: https://goo.gl/forms/qt3SAX3IbNjhdoKC2

Please check out some online resources at: scouts.org.uk/youshape 

To buy a #YouShape badge: https://shop.scouts.org.uk/search/youshape

Thank you and kindest regards.

Don’t forget to celebrate and email in to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Ollie Smith
County Youth Commissioner
Suffolk Scouts

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