Scouting Education

Scouting education enables young people to be self-fulfilled, inspired, action-oriented, and committed to a life of purpose. Scouting is rooted in the transformative ideals of equality, inclusivity, mutual respect, sustainability, harmony, and optimism for the future.


Empowering Young People as Global Citizens

Scouting promotes the growth and development of young people both as individuals and citizens through its programmes and initiatives. It is an educational movement committed to ensuring that each new generation of young people has the opportunity to realise their full potential as leaders in their community and the world.

Scouting’s non-formal educational approach aims to equip young people with the skills and competencies that enable these ideals. Through the Youth Programme, Scouting supports young people to become active citizens who are committed to being of service by being solutions-oriented and focused on creating positive change.

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A Unique Educational Experience

As a non-formal educational Movement, Scouting continues to explore new ways that contribute to the development of young people. Scouting’s unique educational approach includes learning through fun activities, outdoor engagements, and meaningful experiences that challenge and encourage young people to gain confidence, courage, and enjoy their journey of growth within a structured system.

Scouting's learner-centred approach appreciates that each youth member is a unique individual who has the potential to develop in many and different ways. By taking into account various age groups, Scouting is specifically designed to stimulate the discovery and development of individuals at their own pace.

Learning by Doing

Scouting’s approach to education is guided by the principles and fundamental beliefs on which Scouting was founded over a century ago. It aims to contribute to the empowerment of individuals and their development as active citizens in their local, national, and global communities. Guiding this process is a diverse set of competencies in the Scout Youth Programme that focus on knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values.

“The purpose of the Scout Movement is to contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens, and as members of their local, national and international communities.”
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  • The Essential Characteristics of Scouting
    The Essential Characteristics of Scouting
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  • GPS - The Guide to Youth Programme in Scouting
    GPS - The Guide to Youth Programme in Scouting
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  • Scouting: An Educational System
    Scouting: An Educational System
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