Sharing resources, achievements and promoting existing Scouting
Partnerships don’t have to involve a school delivering Scouting provision directly. From sign-posting young people to existing opportunities to sharing premises and equipment, recruiting parents to become adult volunteers or having a young person’s achievements in Scouting recognised in school – there is benefit to both Scouting and educational leaders through collaboration.
What does this kind of partnership look like?
Simple agreements to share resources and space are common across the UK. By sharing space, minibuses, camping and outdoor activity equipment, schools and Scouting can maximise the opportunities available to young people in the local community.
Less common but still impactful, some Scout Groups have formed partnerships based on celebrating and recognising what young people achieve in either environment. This could be through formal qualifications or by linking what is happening in the Scout hall to the classroom.
Finally, schools have also signposted individual young people to existing Scouting provision where they feel that they would benefit from a non-formal education environment and the challenges it offers. Similarly, schools have signposted on the basis of future career aims or aspirations.
The recruitment of young people and adult volunteers through assemblies and parent evenings is also of significant benefit to local Scouting communities, allowing them to reach more young people.
What do you need to think about?
This type of partnership need not be resource intensive, but it does require both parties to be clear on what mutually beneficial arrangements are possible. Schools may be willing to waive charges for using space if they see a clear benefit for their pupils (note in Scotland, this is controlled by Local Authorities rather than the school). Equally, when Scouting thrives locally through access to space and resources, schools can access high quality youth work that complements their mission and objectives.
Queen Anne High School and 83rd Caineyhill Scout Group
Queen Anne High School formally recognises the achievements of young people attending the 83rd Caineyhill Scout Group in Fife, Scotland. The school supports Scouting activity as evidence for the Scottish Qualification Authority Leadership Award and within the Scottish curriculum.
“The Cairneyhill Scouts are effectively embedding the four capacities of Curriculum for Excellence in their programmes”
- Education Scotland, Inspection of the learning community surrounding Queen Anne High School, March 2013
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