Enhancing spiritual development in the Youth Programme
Scouting is a values-based Movement, that supports the well-rounded growth and development of young people. Scouting’s educational programme addresses all dimensions of youth development, including spirituality. Belief and its exploration helps young people to learn from other faiths and develop their personal beliefs and values. From the earliest years of the Scout Movement, “Duty to God” has been one of the principles of Scouting, and spiritual development a key part of the Youth Programme. Where once spirituality was seen only in religious terms, it is now more often understood in much broader contexts, incorporating both religious and non-religious aspects.
In Scouting’s Youth Programme, young people are given an open space for them to learn about different faiths and attitudes and are encouraged to engage in reflections to help them understand the world around them and contribute to creating a more tolerant and caring society. Scout Leaders have a duty to support the spiritual development of their youth members through practical activities, events and reflections to enable spiritual growth.
World Scouting is proud to present the newly published Guidelines on Spiritual Development in the Youth Programme to National Scout Organizations (NSOs). The guidelines enable Scout Leaders to successfully apply the Scout Method in a way that allows young people to develop spiritually. The guidelines also advocate for ensuring a wide range of opportunities for spiritual development are made available.
All NSOs are encouraged to use these guidelines which are now available under the Spiritual Development area on the WOSM Services.