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Scouts Speak Up

Young People are Scouting. Only you as a member of Scouting can convey the fun, challenge, adventure and global citizenship that Scouting offers you first hand. In recent years, Scouting has put young people at the heart of its communications work and has helped them to speak about their experiences to print, broadcast and online journalists.


More recently Scouting has also encouraged young people to be at the forefront of advocating for the Movement and the causes in which they believe, to MP's at a national level and to engage with their communities and decision makers to affect lasting change at a local level.
Four nationally co-ordinated communications courses are being run for young people in Scouting. These courses are designed to give young people the skills needed to talk about their experiences in Scouting to a wide variety of audiences and learn how to plan and carry out campaigns.
Young people who take part in these courses will learn the skills and confidence to advocate for Scouting whether its encouraging adults to volunteer, other young people to join or raising the profile of Scouting in their community. They are the young people who will speak up for Scouting.

Course choices
On each of the courses young people will learn about speaking up for Scouting, the importance of the Scout brand and how to deliver an effective presentation.
However, in order to deliver courses that meet the needs of Scouting locally and nationally, young people have the option of choosing either the media route or the communicating and influencing route. It is important that you discuss with the young people you send on the course which route they would prefer or you consider most appropriate.

1. The Media Route
Those young people who take part in the media skills strand will be given skills aimed at helping them better talk to print, radio and TV journalists. This is useful for those counties who need trained spokespeople to speak to local media outlets. 

During this time they will practice print, TV and radio interviews as groups and individuals. Hopefully at the end of the course they will be capable of taking part in an interview for your local TV and radio station or your local newspaper.

2. The Communicating and Influencing Route
Young people taking part in this route will be provided training in influencing and communication skills. Young people who take part in this strand of the experience will be given skills aimed at helping them better speak in public and explain to an external audience the value of Scouting to them and their peers. This is useful to those counties/ districts who need young people able to advocate to businesses/ MP's/ local representatives or who are setting up youth councils.

 

What does the course entail?
Depending on the route that is chosen young people will:

  • Talk to newspaper journalists about the Scouting
  • Give radio interviews on the phone or in a studio
  • Share experiences with other via email, Facebook, phone, text etc
  • Give presentations about their experiences 
  • Take part in debates on Scouting related issues and wider issues of interest to young people
  • Participating in online campaigns, direct lobbying of local and national decision makers.

Who do they work with?

  • Media Development Managers
  • HQ Media Relations Team
  • HQ Public Affairs& Campaigns Team

What qualities do they need?

  • Be enthusiastic 
  • Be motivated and be able to motivate others
  • Background knowledge of Scouting
  • Effective communicator
  • Willing to be trained to develop communications and campaigning skills

Eligibility
Each county will be offered two places and they can take these at whichever venue suits them best. Counties can also send their delegates through whichever route they feel would be most useful or allow young people to choose their own route. More places may be available to counties that want them if we have spare capacity three weeks before the course.
Participants should be in the explorer age group. We will not accept participants over the age of 18 but may accept older Scouts in exceptional circumstances.