Hampshire Scouts' pioneering weekend of empowered young people, collaboration and teamwork returned this month in person to promote youth shaped scouting at its best.
After an absense fuelled by changing roles and a certain pandemic, Hampshire Scout's Youth Council made their voice heard at Ferny Crofts with exercises and games to build confidence, share best practice and explore new ideas for how to bring youth shaped Scouting to more people.
The Youth Council work with Hampshire's Youth Commissioner team, collecting young people's opinions, representing them within the decision making structures of the county and encouraging young people to put things into practice within Scouting locally.
The weekend, held earlier in September, was open to Scouts, Explorers and Young Leader from across Hampshire and was also attended by District Youth Commissioners.
Peter Knott, Deputy County Commissioner for... said
It's brilliant to see Youth Council back, a room full of young people sharing their ideas and led by adults so clearly passionate about empowering our young people. That's how we engage our Scouts.
Zara Seymour, County Youth Commissioner for Hampshire said:
It's a privilege to reignite our Youth Council and ensure our young people are being heard. I'm thankful to the adults and volunteers assisting and the the young people for attending with an open mind.
Any young people of Scout or Explorer age from any district in Hampshire is able to attend and we're eager for all districts to be represented at the next event. Keep an eye out for more weekends to come and follow our County Youth team on Twitter.