“Youth Shaped Scouting is a new initiative that aims to promote young people taking ownership of decisions made within Scouting”
Introducing Lucy, our District Youth Commissioner for Southport Scouts. We want the decisions and activities in Scouting to be shaped by our Young People. Lucy will be aiming to ensure our Young People in Southport get regular opportunities to take on responsibilities in a safe space, building confidence and developing life skills along the way and is here to help our Leaders, Groups and Young People achieve this.
We asked Lucy a few questions about her new role as District Youth Commissioner…
Tell us something about yourself?
I’m currently a student at the University of Liverpool, studying History. I’m a Brownie Leader at 64th (St. Cuthbert’s) and a member of Southport District Scouts Network.
Scouting and Guiding is a family affair for us. Both my parents and Grandpa were Cub leaders at the 62nd (St. Cuthbert’s) and my Mum runs the Guide unit my Brownie Pack feeds into. I have been in Guiding since I was 5 however, I started my Scouting journey at 14 when I joined the Griffin Explorer Scout Unit.
What motivated you to take upon the role of District Youth Commissioner?
Someone messaged me about the role and after some time exploring the role description, I thought why not give it a go? I like to meet new people and this role is something that requires a lot of that. It is also a chance to reconnect with many familiar faces.
What will your role consist of?
Being the District Youth Commissioner means I have to promote Youth Shaped Scouting in the District. This means that those aged 6-25 years old are given a voice in matters that affect them and the District.
Youth Shaped Scouting is a new initiative that aims to promote young people taking ownership of decisions made within Scouting. My role aims to provide leaders with the resources they can use to include their young people in the planning and delivery of activities. But its not just the leaders who can use these resources, they are available to Commissioners and trainers as well.
How does it feel being appointed District Youth Commissioner?
I’m not going to lie, it’s a bit daunting. This is a brand-new role that is going to be supporting an initiative that’s still in its developing stages. However, I am also excited to get started and meet up with groups and listen to their views.
What was your highlight as a network member/ member of scouting/Guiding?
I love camping and exploring different places. As a Guide my best moment was the centenary in 2010. We went to Harewood House for a huge international camp. We met Guides from Australia and America and exchanged lots of badges.
As an explorer scout, the holidays abroad were the best. My favourite had to be Austria in 2015. The views were stunning, and I enjoyed the activities and being with my friends.
Network has been a chance to reconnect with old friends. My highlight from last year had to be winning the Dragon boat competition, lets hope we can defend our title this year!
What advice would you give to young people?
Don’t be afraid to speak up. People may tell that you’re too young to tell adults what you think. You are not. Everyone is allowed to speak their mind. But always remember to think of others before yourself. Listen to other people and have consideration for their opinions too. Baden Powell once said, “if you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talking.”
Lucy is available to support and guide any Group, volunteer or young person who needs extra support implementing Youth Shaped Scouting. If you want to know more about the Youth Shaped Programme, click here
To contact Lucy to find out more click here