How to tell a good story

As Scouts we do many amazing and adventurous things, and we want to tell the whole world about what we have done! This site is a platform for you to do just that. To make sure that your projects and news reach and inspire other Scouts, it is important to give lots of information, share photos and make your stories really interesting. Here are some easy steps to help you present your stories in the best way possible!

People LOVE Photos!

A picture says a thousand words, and everyone loves seeing a smiling Scout! It is important to make sure that you have at least one relevant image, this will let people know what kind of story you are about to tell.

If your reader doesn't speak the same language as you do, they will still be able to appreciate your project or activity, as long as they can see some photos of what you were doing.

Finally, pictures are fun and interesting! Everyone loves seeing a picture of happy Scouts getting involved and enjoying themselves. You might even inspire them to try the same activity themselves!

Learn more about what makes the BEST photo and become a Scout Photo pro here.

Have a descriptive title!

This is one of the first things that people see when your story is on Scout.org, so it needs to tell them what the story is about.

Imagine that the person reading the title knows nothing about your story, or the country it is set in. Try to use full words instead of initials, like "United Nations" instead of "UN", so that everyone can easily understand what you are talking about. Remember that your readers are from different parts of the world!

Try choosing titles like these:
Painting a School in Bangladesh
New Zealand Scouts Plant 100 Trees
Diversity and Inclusion Workshop in El Salvador
Scouts at the United Nations General Assembly

Try to avoid these kinds of titles, provide more information!
Painting day
Trees at Tatum Park
Inclusion in Interamerica
UNGA Scouts

Show us where you are!

We want to put you on the map so everyone can see the many awesome things Scouts in your country are doing! Simply click on the map in the area that your project ran in when you create a new story. The more exact the location, the better it is!

Tell us who you are!

Every great story has a collection of characters!

WHAT?
What was the name of the group that organised this activity?
Was it your Scout group, a regional camp group or Scouts with a community group?
If it was participated by multiple groups, you can write all of their names.

WHO? WHERE?
How many people were involved? Was it just you and a couple of Scout friends? Or was it 5,000 of you at a national Jamboree?

For projects, the "number of participants" is used to calculate the number of service hours that were contributed in total, so please make sure this number is as accurate as possible.

WHY?
Were there non-Scouts too?
How many other people or members from the community worked on this project with you?

How long did it take?

This is important especially if you are telling the story of a camp or project as your readers would want to know what the time frame was.

Camps can be one night, or more!

Did you spend an hour cleaning your local river, or 100 hours? Tell your readers more so they can get a sense of how big your story is.

This is very important when working out the number of hours spent on a project.

How many hours, on average, did each person do on each day? You can count a maximum of 8 hours per day per person. If you had 10 people who worked 5 hours each day for 2 days, then the number of hours is: 10 x 5 x 2 = 100 hours!

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