2. Achieving the Mission of Scouting
A strategy for Scouting from Durban to Thessaloniki
This document builds on "1. Understanding the Mission Statement", described above. Understanding the mission statement and using it within each Scout association is an important step. However, the next step towards achieving Scouting's mission in today's world requires examining the key challenges that face our Movement, considering the issues that underlie each of the challenges and taking action.
This new document presents six key challenges (a synthesis of the concerns and hopes expressed during working groups at the World Scout Conference in Durban); a number of key issues related to each challenge; and a number of concrete questions to ask.
The six key challenges are:
Relevance: meeting the needs and aspirations of young people;
Complementary nature: making a distinctive contribution to the education of young people, in particular through the Scout Method;
Membership: reaching out to more young people;
Adults: attracting and retaining the adults we need;
Relationships and partnerships: working with others to better serve young people;
Unity: pursuing a common purpose at all levels.
The document provides an outline of a 2-day workshop to help key leaders at all levels of a Scout association to start (or review) the process of making sure that Scouting really achieves its mission in today's society - throughout the world.