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Working with adults

Working with Adults

Scouting would not exist around the world without the millions of adults, mostly volunteers, who support the Movement in a wide range of roles and functions. These adults fall into three categories:

  • Those who design, develop, facilitate, or deliver programmes with young people
  • Those who work directly with adults in management, leadership, training, and support roles and functions
  • Those who establish and operate organizational structures, delivering the necessary logistical, financial, and administrative support

AiS - Introducing the World Policy

The aim of the Adults in Scouting World Policy and the World Scout Youth Programme Policy, is to support the Mission of Scouting. This is achieved by improving the quality of leadership at all levels through the provision of better support and management for adults, resulting in better services for young people.

This policy targets adults, particularly those at national level with responsibility for developing, implementing, and reviewing adult management systems and procedures. Conceived as a tool to strengthen unity in the Movement through a series of common requirements, it is based on the principle of voluntary adherence to the World Organization of the Scout Movement  (WOSM) ,and underpinned by a clear set of values regarding the involvement of volunteers

AiS - Introducing The Lifecycle

The Adult Lifecycle highlights all aspects of the management of adults in the Movement such as:

·  Recruiting the adults we need

·  Supporting adult volunteers in their performance and development

·  Assisting adult volunteers in making decisions for their future

AiS - Managing The Lifecycle

Adult volunteers in Scouting can play more than one role at a time, and must work together in harmony, combining their talents and competencies, to fulfil the responsibilities of those roles. Long-term volunteers should be aware that new adults will join and others will leave the team, from time to time, bringing diversity and new ideas, and making it crucial to keep a consistent methodology to ensure a legacy is built beyond personal skills. 

It is not easy to manage needs, expectations, and desired results. The ‘Lifecycle in action’ model is a support tool for those in charge of leading adults, providing guidelines for setting up, managing and reviewing the methods and tools available for the development of the adult volunteer.

AiS – Planning For The Lifecycle

The planning phase should be constantly improved and revisited according to the NSO’s leadership approach. It is important to be clear from the start what you are setting out to achieve.  Planning must consider local culture, personal interactions, leadership roles and skills, available resources, and team management and engagement.


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