- Donnerstag, 12. September 2013 17:19
Today people are living longer and healthier lives. Demographic changes, i.e. ageing societies, lower birth rates and family structures have impacted on the social, economic and cultural conditions. Changes in attitudes and lifestyles have a significant impact on the interaction between generations.
Globalization and modernization have changed the development of youth in significant ways. New forms of participation and communication between the generations and between men and women are challenging adult-centeredness (the design of youth policies by adults) and adultism (the authoritarian relationship between adults and young people), and are causing generational blocks rather than promoting intergenerational communication.
There are different degrees to which young people participate in society and these form a continuum:
- Elementary participation occurs when young people are consulted and asked for their opinions;
- Participation with commitment means that they help develop the objectives of a program and give feedback to improve results;
- Participation with autonomy and power means that they are given real power. However, a critical factor affecting youth participation is the refusal of many adults to recognize the intrinsic worth and value of young people.
We Are the Change
We've been Waiting For
The Vision for Scouting is:
As a global Movement, making a real contribution to creating a better world.
We see Scouting entering its second century as an influential, value-based educational Movement focussed on achieving its mission, involving young people working together to develop their full potential, supported by adults who are willing and able to carry out their educational role.
We see Scouting world-wide as attracting and retaining more and more young people (especially adolescents) of both genders and coming from broader segments of society.
We see Scouting as attractive to adults, women and men, in all cultures - a Movement through which they can make a significant contribution to society by working with young people.
We see Scouting as a dynamic, innovative Movement with adequate resources, simple structures and democratic decision making processes where organisation, management and communication are effective at all levels.
A global leading youth movement
MEETING REAL NEEDS
Scouts are involved in a vast number of issues facing the communities where they live. Scouts work with others in the community to achieve mutual objectives. They work with friends, neighbours, community leaders and other organisations. Many work on projects of bilateral cooperation between Scouts in developing and industrialised countries.
OPEN TO ALL
Scouting is open to all, regardless of race or creed, in accordance with the purpose, principles and method conceived by its founder Robert Baden-Powell.
FUN, WITH A PURPOSE
Through recreation, Scouting achieves its purpose to help young people develop physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually.
EDUCATION FOR LIFE
Scouting complements the school and the family, filling the needs not met by either. Scouting develops self-knowledge, the need to explore, to discover, to want to know. Scouts discover the world beyond the classroom, tapping the skills of others to learn, and passing that knowledge on to others.
Scouts and leaders must choose to join Scouting.
Scouting does not and must not represent any political party or organisation. Nonetheless, Scouts are encouraged to make a constructive contribution to their community, society and country.
- A chance to help young people.
- A way to improve the understanding between generations.
- In their service, adult leaders get valuable training and experience, adding to their personal development.
A MOVEMENT FOR YOUTH
Scouting is a Movement…on the move. Scouting is constantly evolving and adapting according to local conditions and serving according to local needs.
- There are recognised National Scout Organizations and branches in more than 161 countries.
- Scouting has never stopped growing since its founding in 1907.
- Today there are more than 30 million members- boys and girls.
- Scouting has doubled its membership in the last 20 years and much of its growth is in developing countries.
Making A Personal Commitment
To a simple code of living: the Scout Promise and Law
Learning By Doing
- Active participation, with others.
Working In Small Groups
- In patrols to develop leadership, group skills, and individual responsibility.
- Progressive activities based on the interests of young people.
- Activities in contact with nature, a rich learning environment where simplicity, creativity, and discovery come together to provide adventure and challenge.
A CODE OF LIVING
A Spiritual Dimension
- A commitment to seek the spiritual value of life beyond the material world.
A Social Dimension
Participating in the development of society, respecting the dignity of others and the integrity of the natural world. Promoting local, national and international peace, understanding and cooperation.
A Personal Dimension
- Developing a sense of personal responsibility and stimulating the desire for responsible self-expression.
SCOUTS ARE INVOLVED IN…
- Agriculture and food production
- Emergency and humanitarian aid
- Clean drinking water
- Renewable energies
- Street children
- The acquisition of life skills
- Professional training
- Integration of people with disabilities
- Fighting against child labour
- Support for migrants and indigenous communities
- Prevention and fight against AIDS
- Drug prevention
- Child protection
- Rehabilitation of child soldiers
- Child and adolescent health
Director, Communications & External Relations
World Scout Bureau
Direct line: + 41 22 705 10 21
World Organization of the Scout Movement
Rue du Pré-Jérôme 5
PO Box 91
CH-1211 Geneva 4 Plainpalais, Switzerland
Tel: (+41 22) 705 10 10
Fax: (+41 22) 705 10 20