Definition of Partnership in Scouting
Partnership in Scouting can be defined as:
“The establishment of a voluntary and collaborative relationship
to achieve mutual goals and experiences between two or
more entities by exchanging and sharing what they have in an
educational process or project. They have a common intention
which they want to reach within a defined time frame”.
The Charter encourages the establishment of multilateral partnerships with other Scout associations especially in the same geographical area and calls for active cooperation with entities external to the Scout Movement.
Scouting does not exist in isolation; it is part of the community and it needs to work in partnership with others, from individuals to organizations and institutions at local, national and world levels' (The Strategy for Scouting).
"More than ever before, we need men and women capable of acting in partnership for a world 'without borders', in the name of justice, solidarity and peace." Robert Baden-Powell, Aids to Scoutmastership 1919
The Charter states that 'development education (including peace education) and community involvement need to be integrated into the youth programme, particularly through the progressive training scheme'. Here are some initiatives at world and national levels which support the programme aspect of the Charter.
For many young people participating in an exchange programme is a life-changing experience. Travelling to another country, sharing the day-to-day life with another group of young people and experiencing another culture are milestone events. Scouting has the opportunity to offer exchanges to young people and the challenge to make them quality and meaningful experiences.
On the other hand, capacity building in the Scout organizations should be a key dimension of partnerships, especially in the area of adult resources. This can happen through leader exchanges, leader training and volunteer services.
Partnerships: Material & Financial Resources
The success of a partnership depends partly on the ability of both parties to secure the necessary material and financial resources. However the financial dimension should not be the only motivation for the partnership. Partnerships should enable associations to gain access to different kinds of funding in order to guarantee their autonomy by generating their own funds, which will multiply their possibilities for action.
Partnerships: Emergency Relief
Partnership in the time of emergency, whatever the kind of emergency, is one of the most important types of partnership. This type of partnership shows the real humanitarian perspective of the partners. The emergency relief partnerships resources are so many, you can find so many information through surfing the internet.
After an agreement has been reached between the partners, documents should be written to describe the various points of the agreement, which constitute concrete guidelines for them to follow.