The adoption of the Strategy for Scouting in 2002 was the result of the work done at all levels of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) in recent years. The Strategy for Scouting recognises that each National Scout Organisation (NSO) has peculiar needs and challenges. Consequently each NSO adapts the Strategy to its own reality and develops coherent action plans. Therefore, the Strategy for Scouting is not rigid, it is a framework for integral action.
A common strategy makes sense because:
- Based on a shared vision, it strengthens the feeling of belonging to a united, world-wide Movement, for both National Scout Organizations and individual Scouts.
- Developed at world level, it enables us to "step back" far enough from the details to help us see the forest rather than the trees.
- International co-operation on common issues enables us to help each other identify the "mental models" we are using and make the necessary "mind-shifts" which are required to find and implement innovative solutions.
- Sharing experience at international level enables us to avoid becoming static and to benefit from success stories and good practices.
- Building up and implementing a world strategy together, offers the best opportunity for National Scout Organisations to develop team learning and networking and to benefit from belonging to a world organization.
The Strategy for Scouting responds to the needs of Scouting because:
- It is based upon the mission of Scouting.
- It takes into account the key challenges which NSOs are facing in implementing the mission.
- It proposes a shared vision of Scouting for the 21st century.
It focuses on three main areas which are crucial for the success of Scouting:
the needs and expectations of young people,
the motivation of adult leaders to contribute to the mission of Scouting,
new trends in managing non-governmental organisations
- It identifies and proposes seven strategic priorities which should be used by each National Scout Organizations to build up its own action plans.
- It identifies clearly the areas on which the world and regional bodies should focus in order to support their associations.
This strategic priority aims at supporting National Scout Organizations (NSOs) in responding effectively to the needs and expectations of adolescents. This will result in an increase in membership in this age-range and enhance Scouting's reputation as an organization which helps young people in their transition to adulthood.
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The aim of this strategic priority is to identify the support and tools required to help National Scout Organizations (NSOs) offer equality of opportunity to girls and boys, women and men at all levels in Scouting. This should offer new opportunities for everyone and, through an increase in youth membership and adult leadership, result in a more even balance in the male:female ratio in associations.
The aim of this strategic priority is to support National Scout Organisations (NSOs) in identifying and responding to the needs of young people, adults and society where Scouting is not currently having an impact. This should result in an increase in membership and increase Scouting's impact in the world today.
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This strategic priority aims at redefining the concept of volunteering as applied to Scouting and reviewing policies and practices to help National Scout Organizations (NSOs) recruit and retain a new group of adults in Scouting.
This strategic priority aims at assisting National Scout Organizations (NSOs), as well as WOSM itself at world and regional levels, to adopt a strategic approach to reviewing their structures, systems and management to enable them to be sensitive to the changing needs of society and to respond quickly and effectively.
This strategic priority aims at strengthening Scouting's communications, partnerships and resources at all levels as these are vital in supporting the work to achieve the mission.
Strategic Planning Kit distributed to NSOs - The Strategic Planning Kit has been distributed to NSOs and is available on the web-site as a pdf file (with internal navigation) or as a series of pdf files for the different sections.