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1 Network reboot... The next generation of Scouting for all year olds

2 Why the need for change? Background on the Scout Network Section numbers versus Explorer Section numbers Research on current structure Key messages found during research stage Delivery for how the new structure will look: Organisational Leadership Communications Administration Programme Principles (how it works) What can Network do to help you with your Vision2018? Next steps & timescales “I’m a... What do I do?” Help for County teams, District teams, and Network members What do our members think? Frequently Asked Questions & Where to go for support Presentation Objectives

3 Consultation: Feedback Received and Challenges Faced

4 2002 – Network Section is introduced at County Level 2007 – Structure eased to allow Districts to form network sections locally – research undertaken to establish current thinking on the Network section across the UK 2012 – Operations Committee receive initial feedback 2014 – Network ready for rebooting – Explorer Section numbers reach – Network Section numbers steadily reach 5000 Explorer Section – Numbers rise rapidly year on year. Network Section – numbers continue to hover (with a slight increase) year on year. Network Feedback

5 Network Feedback

6 Challenges for us to overcome...Things that we should keep... ‘Work Skills’ area of programme negatively received as this was a constant feature within current education/employment systems. Most successful Networks so far have been those already operating at a District level. 96% either agreed or strongly agreed that they should be able to form local or special interest Networks. Flexible approach to Scouting meant that the section could reflect the lives of year olds, not having a fixed routine; therefore often unable to commit to regular meetings. If members were to pay a fee then there was a clear opinion that benefits were to be of a high standard. Suggested programme opportunities (Adventure, International, and Community) given an average rating of 4 out of 5. nfpSynergy group especially positive about the International programme Area. The Challenges

7 Challenges for us to overcome...Things that we should keep... Focus groups recognised that the branding of the Network section needed to be improved and updated. Name of ‘Network’ was still liked and thought of as an established brand/identity as well as suiting the purpose of the section. Support is required for those members reaching the age of 17 year olds as this is the biggest age group for dropping out of Explorers (due to collage, A-Levels, jobs, social activity, moving away for university/jobs, etc). This impacts of numbers moving up to Network section. Network section provides a great link for Youth Shaped elements and to have the oldest section volunteering with younger people to engage them. The Challenges cont.

8 Challenges for us to overcome...Things that we should keep... Perception surrounding Network section being a ‘drinking club’; and therefore having no clear focus or programme. Network as a section for year olds was still seen as a section to keep Explorers worried about going to a County Network section and not knowing anybody; leading to isolation. Network section allowed for members not willing to take on an Adult Appointed Leadership role, to still stay engaged with Scouting year olds feeling as though they are forced to decide between becoming a Network member, or an Adult Appointed Leader. The Challenges cont.

9 Revised Structure: a District Provision

10 District Scout Network Or county (England/NI), Area (Wales), Region (Scotland) Only in exceptional circumstances

11 Each District will be required to establish a District Scout Network. The District Scout Network Commissioner will be the lead volunteer responsible for the District Scout Network. The District Scout Network Commissioner will be supported by one, or more, Programme Coordinators. They will facilitate the members of the Network in initiating, implementing, and evaluating projects geared towards the three main programme areas. In exceptional circumstances, where a District or cross District Network provision is not possible, Counties, Areas (Wales) or Regions (Scotland) can establish Scout Networks. A UK Scout Network will be established. This will be the membership point for Scout Network members not associating themselves with a District. Each District Scout Network Commissioner will be supported by their County, through an Assistant County Commissioner (Scout Network). District Scout Network

12 All year olds within Scouting, will automatically become a member of the Scout Network section. Being a member of the Scout Network will be a ‘pay to play’ section. Meaning that there will be no membership fee to HQ; but you will need to fund your own activities. *Please note that District/County membership fees may still apply. All year olds not already in Scouting, or not associated with a District Scout Network, may join the UK Scout Network. If a member of the UK Scout Network assumes a local role in Scouting after joining the UK Scout Network, they will become members of the District Scout Network. Participation in projects is strongly encouraged. They can really enhance the section, by being things that YOU want to do and ran by YOU. Allowing other sections to aspire to have that freedom of choice. District Scout Network: Membership

13 Current year olds registered with The Scout Association will be automatically registered to their local District Scout Network. When an Explorer Scout, registered with The Scout Association, becomes 18 years of age, they will automatically be registered with their local District Scout Network. New Adult Appointed members (who are aged 18-25) will automatically become a member of their local District Scout Network. New year olds who join solely as a Network member will need to be added by the District. Administration of the District Scout Network Section may be finalised locally. Possible roles for this are: -District Scout Network Commissioner -District Explorer Scout Administrator -District Administrator. District Scout Network: Administration

14 District Scout Network: Project Teams

15 District Scout Network: Non Project Team

16 District Scout Network: Programme Coordinators

17 Example: Bivi building. Plan an activity to sleep in a bivi bag next to a local landmark, for example a haunted house, etc. Cost: £0 – just any associated cost there may be with equipment or sleeping over. Example: Bivi building. Plan an activity to sleep in a bivi bag next to a local landmark, for example a haunted house, etc. Cost: £0 – just any associated cost there may be with equipment or sleeping over. Example: Explorer belt trip to Iceland. Cost: ca £2000. Impacts: developing members planning and map skills. Build confidence and leadership skills within members to achieve an award in Scouting. Experience Icelandic culture to gain a deeper understanding. Develop relationships with Scouts from another country. Example: Explorer belt trip to Iceland. Cost: ca £2000. Impacts: developing members planning and map skills. Build confidence and leadership skills within members to achieve an award in Scouting. Experience Icelandic culture to gain a deeper understanding. Develop relationships with Scouts from another country. District Scout Network: Adventure Projects

18 Example: Work with a local charity providing support for elderly residents. Costs: travel expenses. Impacts: community cohesion better established. Develop an understanding between generations. Example: Work with a local charity providing support for elderly residents. Costs: travel expenses. Impacts: community cohesion better established. Develop an understanding between generations. Example: Work with a local community group to improve the environmental impact of the local area. Phases of Project could include: -Make contact with a community group in the UK -Check to see if The Scout Association has an community impact partner -Plain training weekends and fundraising events -Source resources needed for project Cost: ca. Personal Expenses Impact: positively contribute to local communities, developing an understanding of the concerns of the local area. Learn about team management. Form valuable relationships among Network team and with the community groups. Example: Work with a local community group to improve the environmental impact of the local area. Phases of Project could include: -Make contact with a community group in the UK -Check to see if The Scout Association has an community impact partner -Plain training weekends and fundraising events -Source resources needed for project Cost: ca. Personal Expenses Impact: positively contribute to local communities, developing an understanding of the concerns of the local area. Learn about team management. Form valuable relationships among Network team and with the community groups. District Scout Network: Community Projects

19 Example: Japanese Evening. Activities to include: -Sampling Japanese cuisines -Learn simple origami and use skills to create more complicated items Cost: £5 per person to cover resources. Impact: appreciation of other cultures, gain a deeper understanding of the values and traditions of Japanese culture. Increase team work and communication skills. Example: Japanese Evening. Activities to include: -Sampling Japanese cuisines -Learn simple origami and use skills to create more complicated items Cost: £5 per person to cover resources. Impact: appreciation of other cultures, gain a deeper understanding of the values and traditions of Japanese culture. Increase team work and communication skills. Example: Work at a school in Ghana to help to teach pupils simple British songs, games, and language. Phases of Project could include: -Make contact with school in Ghana and plan the trip -Plain training weekends and fundraising events -Book flights and accommodation -Check immunisation, medications and travel advice that might be required -Identifying support material to you complete the project Cost: ca. £2,500 Impact: positively contribute to communities in Ghana, developing an understanding and respect of the culture. Learn about team management. Form valuable relationships among Network team and with the community in Ghana. Example: Work at a school in Ghana to help to teach pupils simple British songs, games, and language. Phases of Project could include: -Make contact with school in Ghana and plan the trip -Plain training weekends and fundraising events -Book flights and accommodation -Check immunisation, medications and travel advice that might be required -Identifying support material to you complete the project Cost: ca. £2,500 Impact: positively contribute to communities in Ghana, developing an understanding and respect of the culture. Learn about team management. Form valuable relationships among Network team and with the community in Ghana. District Scout Network: International Projects

20 Revised Structure: The UK Scout Network

21 Encompasses Members of District Scout Networks’ as well as those joining only the UK Scout Network UK Scout Network

22 UK Scout Network:

23 Communication: The Next Steps

24 Initial communications for County Commissioners, District Commissioners, and Network members to go out through system with information on progress. Webinar session for targeted members to be set up; allowing information to be presented and questions asked. ‘Three phases of Network’ communications to go out, allowing members to understand steps to take in transition from County to District. Digital platform to be established allowing all Network members to: -Log on and track involvement and progress during their time in Network, -Allow Districts/members to upload information about projects they are doing, -Allow members to share best practise on projects achieved, -Allow members to advertise places, or join places, on project teams throughout the UK. This would be regardless of District connections. Communication

25 Linking: Vison 2018 to Network

26 Every year old in Scouting becomes a member No UK HQ Network membership fee Clear programme focussed areas Becoming District based Growing All year olds in your District will join the District Network, increasing numbers in the section Fees no longer become a barrier to membership within the Section Members are encouraged to join a section and take part in a programme suited to them better relations with Explorer scout Section, actively encouraging membership and easy transition Youth Shaped Networkers remain an integral part of Youth Shaped by engaging them in adult roles Allows young people to work in partnership with adults to have their say on projects they would like to take part in Young People from District can engage in a programme as defined by them and work on projects together Inclusivity Potential members from deprived areas can be encouraged to become involved. Programme areas can be centred around ScoutingforAll culture within communities or about bringing people together within the community Community Impact More year olds to engage with the community and bring projects to the District Programme area for community can involve groups engaging with external community partners to benefit their local area Strengthen numbers wanting to take part in a local action project that is right for them

27 Exploring the Roles: What Do I Do Next?

28 I’m a County Commissioner, what can I do now to get ready? Review the role description for an ACC (Scout Network. Use this description to review the appointment of CSNC to see if they are your person for an ACC (Scout Network). Appoint an ACC (Scout Network) to help support the Network provision across your County. Think about any County Scout Network Leaders you may have; could they become Programme Coordinators? Ensure member details of current Networkers are up to date and correct.

29 Role Description: ACC (SN)

30 I’m a District Commissioner, what can I do now to be ready? Review the role description of the District Scout Network Commissioner. Review the role of District Scout Network Leader (if needed). Appoint a District Scout Network Commissioner (DSNC) to manage the provision across your District. Begin to think about what Programme Projects the District could start with. This way, when the transition happens, we can get moving straight away. Work with the DSNC to appoint Programme Co-ordinators. Ensure that all Explorer units have a link agreement with the District Scout Network.

31 Role Description: DSNC

32 I’m a current Network member, what do I do? Check you are registered within your District/County. Join a project and get involved! Look out for your communications on how to get the most out of Network.

33 I’m not a current Network member, what do I do?

34 Frequently Asked Questions: Find Out the Answer

35 Frequently Asked Questions...Find out the answer... There is now no District Scout Network Leader, is this correct? Yes, this is correct. There will be a new position of District Scout Network Commissioner that will fulfil similar functions (with some changes) for people to have. Are we still able to have a committee of members responsible for the management of Network? We would still like Networkers to have active roles on committees and as such there will be amendments in POR in April to reflect this. Can members opt out of the Network provision if all members automatically join? We will be encouraging all year olds to be to be part of Network. There will be the flexibility for Young People of this age range to dip in and out of what they want from their Network experience. This is why we have a UK Network structure, so that if a Young Person does not want to be active in their District but does still want to do their top awards. This structure will allow them to do so. Frequently Asked Questions

36 Frequently Asked Questions...Find out the answer... Will programme coordinators hold a record on compass, or will we need to record them locally? We are striving to ensure that compass will be ready to reflect all roles that are affected by the changes to Network and the year old age range. My District cannot support a District Scout Network, will we be made to have one? The initial change will have District Network provision automatically established. However, there may be circumstances where this is not sustainable and exceptions may be permitted. Can 17.5 year olds still become members?Membership is now year olds only and so 17.5 year olds can no longer be members. However, this does not mean that under 18s cannot engage with certain activities with their local District Scout Network. Frequently Asked Questions Cont.

37 “Should strengthen the provision and build on what already works. About time the upper end of the programme received some real support (I might go as far as to say acceptance!)” “Seems to be a good change moving it into Districts. Have I read it right that membership is free does this mean that leaders don't pay capitations if so good move TSA” “Networks being district based is a good move, County is way too big. Travelling a good hours drive just to go a meeting is such a pain! Also as it is, District don't support Networks, as they see it as Counties job. Seems to be a good move!” “Generally quite good. I'm unsure about the number of adult volunteer roles (commissioners, co-ordinators, etc.) that (it seems to me) the changes require - as this is often a problem with Counties and Districts with other sections. But, the automatic membership for year olds might well help with the difficulty of encouraging leaders in that age bracket to join and take part in the section, so that's good! It's also nice to see a light shined on the programme areas, which have been neglected for some time!” Initial feedback for a District provision...


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