#YouShape month is back for February!

The countdown to #YouShape 2018 has begun!

Following the success of #YouShape 2017, this year we're celebrating all things #YouShape again for a whole month in February. Youth Shaped Scouting takes place all year round, but we're focusing on February to support young people and volunteers to embed this traditional part of Scouting into what we do, and celebrating the amazing examples of Youth Shaped Scouting already taking place around the country.

In this email we want to give you a overview of the month and share some fantastic resources to help you plan a easy #YouShape night with your colony, pack, troop or unit. We'd love to see every single section across Northumberland take part in #YouShape month this year!

What's it all about?

#YouShape Month is a platform to empower young people to shape their Scouting experience at a local and national level. Youth Shaped Scouting isn't a new concept; empowering young people to decide, design and implement their own Programme and experiences is already happening around the country. #YouShape month allows us to ensure that this continues and is embedded in every level of the Movement.

Getting involved with your section

The UK Youth Commissioner team have put together some fantastic resources for section leaders to use. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to gather ideas, comments and views from your young people and then put them into action. Available to download are:

YouShape Postcards

This year the #YouShape team have developed some handy #YouShape postcards with fun and enaging activity idea's for all sections. Each district has their own set of postcards available from your District Youth Commissioner or District Commissioner. You can also download and print them easily at home.

YouShape Pledge

We’re asking each Group and Section to pledge to take part in #YouShape and make sure their Young People are listened to. There are three levels of #YouShape involvement, starting at Bronze (for printing off the Pledge and displaying it in your group), all the way up to Gold (which means your group is working in partnership with Young People to make decisions). Think you've achieved your Silver or Gold Award? Email youthshaped@northumberlandscouts.org.uk and we'll come and present your certificate!

Wear their Necker

To encourage Young People to take up adult volunteer positions in the future, the UK team have launched the Wear their Necker project. This is all about getting Young People to shadow Leaders to see what the role involves and understand how they could do the role. This could be as simple as a Scout running the evening for the night, to an Explorer shadowing a District Commissioner. Why not give a Young Person the challenge of being your GSL for the day?

You can download all the resources above by clicking here.

There's so many activities and events you can hold within your group and district to take part in #YouShape month. From running forums with your young people to plan your programme to supporting them run a camp or event. If you have a District Youth Commissioner, be sure to let them know your plans. We'd love to hear what you are up to locally and if possible pop along to say hello! Drop us an email on youthshaped@northumberlandscouts.org.uk and let us know what your up to.

Also make sure you spread the word and share what your doing on social media. Always use the hashtag #YouShape. We can't wait for another exciting month!

Yours in Scouting,

Stu Bennett & Mick Blewitt
County Youth Commissioners
Northumberland Scout County

Email: youthshaped@northumberlandscouts.org.uk       
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NorthumberlandCYC
Twitter: @stubennett04 / @ScoutMick