Going National on Programme?
Youth Programme is the “core business” of Scouting.
It is at local level that the most important action takes place; there, each young person is provided with a learning environment (activities, procedures, traditions, structures, atmosphere…) that enhances his/her full development.
The vast majority of adult leaders have a key role in providing the necessary conditions to set this educational environment. But some of them are called to serve the Movement at national (or district) level, their primary mission being to support the action at local level.
To work at national level implies performing different tasks, having specific competences and approaching Scouting from a different angle then the one at local level. Those who coordinate Youth Programme (YP) at national level, which we will call Commissioner, deal with this key-issue also from a different perspective but still have the opportunity to have a significant influence in the educational process provided by his/her Scout Association.
This document has been initially produced by Joao Armando Goncalves, former National Programme Commissioner of Corpo Nacional de Escutas (Portugal) and current member of the European Scout Committee and was further enriched by the contributions of Leslie Bonnici (National Programme Commissioner - The Scout Association of Malta) and Dominic Byrne (National Commissioner for Programme Development – Scouting Ireland).
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