Based on the Mission and Vision, seven strategic priorities have been identified. They represent the key issues to be addressed in Scouting worldwide, with their relevance at national level varying depending on the local context:
1. Youth Involvement - revitalising the Scout Method. This strategic priority aims at assisting National Scout Organizations (NSOs) in revitalising this fundamental element of our Movement, which is crucial to its effectiveness and its ability to achieve its mission.
2. Adolescents - supporting their transition to adulthood. This strategic priority aims at supporting NSOs in responding effectively to the needs and expectations of adolescents. This will result in an increase in membership in this age-range and enhance Scouting’s reputation as an organisation which helps young people in their transition to adulthood.
3. Girls and Boys, Women and Men - respecting differences, promoting equality and sharing responsibility. This strategic priority aims to identify the support and tools required to help NSOs offer equality of opportunity to girls and boys, women and men at all levels in Scouting. This should offer new opportunities for everyone and, through an increase in youth membership and adult leadership, result in a more even balance in the male: female ratio in associations.
4. Reaching Out - breaking down barriers and working with broader segments of society. The aim of this strategic priority is to support NSOs in identifying and responding to the needs of young people and adults in the sectors of the society where Scouting is currently not having an impact. This should result in an increase in membership and increase Scouting’s impact in the world today.
5. Volunteers in Scouting - developing new approaches to broaden the base of adult support. This strategic priority aims at redefining the concept of volunteering as applied to Scouting and reviewing policies and practices to help NSOs recruit and retain a new group of adults in Scouting.
6. An Organisation for the 21st Century - becoming flexible, lean, innovative, and participatory. This strategic priority aims at assisting NSOs as well as WOSM itself at world and regional levels, to adopt a strategic approach, reviewing their structures, systems and management to enable them to be sensitive to the changing needs of society and to respond quickly and effectively.
7. Scouting’s Profile - strengthening communications, partnerships and resources. This strategic priority aims at strengthening Scouting’s communications, partnerships and resources at all levels as these are vital in supporting the work to achieve the mission.
This set of priorities was approved at the 2002 World Scout Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece and together they form the core elements of the Strategy for Scouting.