Renewed Approach to Programme
Toolbox Programme Handouts
The Renewed Approach to Programme (RAP) is a new approach in developing youth programmes. It is the approach that the National Scout Organisations are advised to use in order to update or improve their youth programme. The RAP Toolbox describes the World Programme Policy and introduces the Renewed Approach to Programme in a very simple and comprehensive way.
The Renewed Approach to Programme (RAP) is a new approach in developing youth programmes, which has been launched in the Interamerican Region some years ago under the name of MacPro and then adopted at world level. It is the approach that National Scout Organisations are advised to use in order to update or improve their youth programme.
The RAP Toolbox describes the World Programme Policy and introduces the Renewed Approach to Programme in a very simple and comprehensive way through 11 short and precise handouts. The whole book comprises 84 pages.
The main characteristics of RAP are the following:
It takes into account all the dimensions of a human being through six areas of personal growth: physical development, intellectual development (or creativity), emotional development, social development, spiritual development and character development.
It helps define final educational objectives to be achieved at the end of the Scout programme in each area of personal growth.
It gives guidelines to establish the various age-sections according to the stages of development from childhood to adulthood.
It helps define intermediate educational objectives for each age-section in each area of personal growth, leading in a consistent and progressive way to the achievement of the final objectives through the various age-ranges from childhood to adulthood.
It gives guidelines to identify and develop activities in order to respond to the interests and aspirations of young people, with the final aim to facilitate the achievement of personal and collective educational objectives.
It helps to develop the section methods as an adaptation of the general Scouting's method to the various age-ranges. Its presents the various elements of the Scout method as a system where each element interacts with the others. The Scout unit in each age-range functions as a small "republic of children or young people" with its communities (the teams), its Parliament (the Unit Assembly), its Government (the Team Leaders' Council of Unit Council) and its fundamental law (the Scout law). The main characteristic of the Scout method is youth involvement in decision-making: selection of the activities, evaluation of the group life in light of the Scout law and adoption of common rules, recognition of personal progression, etc.
Finally it helps to develop a scheme of personal progression based on educational objectives. The grid of educational objectives is aimed at supporting the adult leaders in helping each young person to set up their personal objectives and achieve them through activities.
RAP can be useful to both programme developers, unit leaders, and trainers. It helps us to recover the original dynamism of Scouting and its attractiveness to young people.