Participation on the life of the scout and guide group

How do you provide each member of the scout unit with the opportunity to take part in planning and evaluating activities?

How your unit decides things creates, for children, a model of how the world works. Explore whether the mechanisms of your unit are shaping a world that works for everyone, a world where everyone is involved and has responsibility.

Discuss the questions and evaluate your unit: name what you already do, evaluate it on the scale 1-6 (1=just by accident, 6=systematicaly and frequently). Based on your answers, Compass will offer you some tips on how to improve.

Print the form to work off-line with your unit.

Are all young people included in the decision-making process of the unit?

By practising participation and democracy, young people learn key skills for becoming fully active global citizens both now and in the future.

This section encourages the competence

Scout and Guide leaders are aware that they can bring about positive change and can work with others to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place. They make informed choices and are aware of how these choices might impact on others and the health of the planet. They participate in the community at a range of levels, from local to global. They actively support young people to make informed choices based on critical evaluation of the options open to them and build the skills and confidence to act on these choices in their lives.

Do young people shape the program of the unit?

The process of being actively involved in shaping the programme enables young people to learn how to influence things around them. They learn that they can have an impact, and they learn to co-operate with others and balance the different needs of all members of a group. Being active and responsible within one’s own unit is a good base for global citizenship.

This section encourages the competence

Scout and Guide leaders are aware that they can bring about positive change and can work with others to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place. They make informed choices and are aware of how these choices might impact on others and the health of the planet. They participate in the community at a range of levels, from local to global. They actively support young people to make informed choices based on critical evaluation of the options open to them and build the skills and confidence to act on these choices in their lives.

Do you focus on the individual needs of each young person (Scout) in order to support their self-development?

Global education is lifelong learning. Scout leaders encourage interest in the world around them, and offer members of the unit various opportunities to learn further acoording to their individual interests and skills.

This section encourages the competence

Scout and Guide leaders recognise that we all have the same basic needs but that there are many ways of meeting them. They are aware that differences in gender, culture, class, nationality, religion, ethnicity, language and status are significant in shaping identity. They are open to engaging positively with other identities and cultures and appreciate that this can strengthen our collective response to the challenges of our complex world. They actively take action against any form of discrimination.

Do you use your role to influence decisions at a higher organizational level within your scout organization?

As a leader, you promote Global Citizenship at all levels of the organisation and recognise the value it brings to the movement. Your unit shall be familiar with the activities of the district and national headquarters and shall use the democratic instruments embedded in the structure of the Scout organization.

This section encourages the competence

Scout and Guide leaders are aware that they can bring about positive change and can work with others to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place. They make informed choices and are aware of how these choices might impact on others and the health of the planet. They participate in the community at a range of levels, from local to global. They actively support young people to make informed choices based on critical evaluation of the options open to them and build the skills and confidence to act on these choices in their lives.

These tasks are awaiting you

  • International action days

    Join a the World and international days from Human Rights Calender and together with your unit prepare an event with a global dimension. 

  • Ways of influencing activities

    Ask yourself whether your kids know how they can influence the group’s activities, e.g. voting for the activities, planning the year and so on

  • Tell the story to a younger member

    Teach your members to explain to a younger scout how your scout group and unit operates, what the decision-making process is, and how he/she can be involved and strengthen it. Make it part of the system for introducing newcomers.


  • Ask the younger members

      At the unit council meeting, ask patrol leaders (adolescent members) if they have any suggestions regarding the local unit’s activities.