Useful Information to prepare the Session

To get the most of this session, I would like to recommend that before the session, you familiarise yourself with your Organisation’s policy on Community involvement.

You may find helpful to read the following definition of Community involvement in the Scout Method, recently voted by the World Scout Conference.

Community Involvement

Active exploration and commitment to communities and the wider world, fostering greater appreciation and understanding between people.

The term “community” refers to a social unit whose members have something in common. A Scout’s community includes those within Scouting (e.g. Unit, District, County/Region/State) or outside Scouting (e.g. family, school and nation), and it could be local or international in nature.

The emphasis on community involvement highlights:

  • The shared values and principles of Scouting. The application of The Scout Method happens mostly within the local community context, it becomes an important vehicle for increasing one’s awareness on global challenges and initiatives, for joining global action, and for assimilating/ developing global shared values.
  • The influence of the community and societies where Scouts come from in their personal development process. Activities and the cycle of action and reflection enables young people to develop a deeper understanding of themselves while having a meaningful contribution to the overall objectives of the community they live in.

Community engagement equally allows Scouts to experience and work with people from different diversities. Therefore, working with and within the community enables Scouts to increase their inter-cultural understanding, appreciate inter-generational issues that come into play, and get more involved in the community in other scopes of their lives.

Every learning opportunity the Scout undertakes should therefore be linked to how it could benefit the community. When a Scout learns to tie a new knot like the bowline, it should be linked on how it could be applied to saving a life. Even when a Scout experiences a learning opportunity that may appear only to benefit oneself (e.g. a sports activity), one should also reflect how such a learning opportunity could benefit the community (e.g. a fit and healthy Scout would be well-placed to serve the community better).

Community involvement promotes greater cohesion and rallies each member of the community towards a common purpose of transforming their communities for the better. It exposes more people to the values and purpose of Scouting and rallies them to support the cause of Scouting. Creating a better world is a journey which Scouts cannot take on their own while leaving the community behind. It should be a collective effort regardless of the size of the learning opportunity Scouts engage in. Service should not just be seen as doing things for others but through involvement, it will definitely entail doing things with others. The element of community involvement is about helping Scouts to create a better world. The focus is on active citizenship and responsibility of each Scout to know the role they can play in the community.