Skills for life

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


Cumbria Scouts have one of the largest geographical counties in the UK, but the local landscape, combined with poor public transport links and our position in the UK, disadvantages our members when it comes to accessing opportunities both around the County and around the UK.

Over the next five years we are working to ensure that we will have prepared more young people with skills for life, supported by amazing leaders delivering an inspiring programme. We will be growing, more inclusive, shaped by young people and making a bigger impact in our communities.

To achieve this vision we will be focussing on three pillars, Programme, People and Perception.

A fun, enjoyable, high quality programme consistently delivered.

More, well trained, better supported and motivated adult volunteers and young people, from diverse backgrounds.

Scouting is clearly understood, more visible, trusted, respected and widely seen as playing a key role in today’s society.

Society is changing. In often fragmented communities, the pressures and expectations on young people are increasing. The future is uncertain. Scouts has never been so important in helping young people prepare for the future, developing the skills they need to succeed in a changing world.

Our Skills for Life strategy supports and empowers our volunteers who are the people that make Scouts a reality. It’s a strategy to bring communities together and contribute towards a better society. But most of all, it’s a strategy for young people. They deserve the best skills, the best support, and the best possible futures.

What do we mean by a quality programme?
- A Quality Programme is Challenging, Relevant and Rewarding for every young person.

What we mean by Challenging:
- More opportunities for outdoor and adventurous activities in safe environments
- Young people gaining confidence by participating in new or less familiar activities and stepping out of their comfort zones
- All young people regardless of their abilities, can enjoy and achieve

What we mean by Relevant:
- Young people shape the programme based on what they want to learn and explore
- Ensuring the needs of every young person are met
- Responding to what young people are currently inquisitive about and reflecting this in the programme

What we mean by Rewarding:
- Developing skills for life, including teamwork and leadership
- Supporting young people with their progression through the sections
- Young people are excited about Scouting, having fun and increasing in confidence

With recent shifts in local and global politics, in many ways society has rarely felt more divided. When the world feels more inward facing, Scouts has a more powerful role to play, bringing communities together.

We believe that Scouts empowers young people. It gives them skills to achieve the remarkable, and opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of the rapidly changing world. I do not want Cumbria Scouts young people and our amazing volunteers to be disadvantaged by their inability to access opportunities, for training, fun or adventure. Thousands of our members miss out on opportunities to develop important Skills for Life, due to the cost of travel.

Therefore if successful we would use this grant to set up a bursary fund to be used solely to support the cost of travel to events and activities. Our members are resourceful and work hard to raise funds to support their activities, but the additional support from this fund would make so many more opportunities available to Cumbria Scouts. Enabling them to put the out in Scouting and to both travel around our amazing County and also to travel much further to take part in amazing events with other Scouts from around the Country. Each application for support would be considered on its merits by members of the County Team.

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Cumbria Scouts

Moment of Pride

As Scouts, we believe in preparing young people with skills for life. We bring communities together and contribute to society. Above all, we aim to build better futures. Scouting actively engages and supports young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution

Location: Cumbria, UK