The Scout Project

In general terms, a project is something that one intends to achieve by a given time in the future. It involves setting a clearly defined goal to reach, working out what needs to be done – when and how – and then …. Doing it!

Reaching the goal of a project is certainly something to celebrate – but before that, taking time to think about the whole adventure, what you learned along the way, what you would do differently next time, and so on, can give the celebration more meaning.

A scout project is an educational approach which involves:

  • A collective enterprise, i.e. something that a team or unit decides to undertake together;
  • With a clearly defined goal, i.e. what the project sets out to achieve;
  • Involving 7 phases:
    1. What project? – Discussing and building consensus on the project the team wants to do;
    2. Integrating learning opportunities – Time for the leaders to assess the project aspects, reconsider if necessary or enrich (considering feasibility, safety, costs, learning opportunities, etc);
    3. Planning – Listing everything that needs to be done and when, establishing preliminary budget, working out the various areas of
      responsibility;
    4. Getting prepared – Presenting the enriched version to the whole unit, helping young people to gain knowledge and skills needed to carry out the tasks; Carrying out the project;
    5. Evaluating and recognizing the progress – Examining what went well and less well; formally recognizing the progress made by each
      person;
    6. Celebrating! – Organizing the celebration with refreshments and exhibition of photos or a slide show, or some other form of describing and celebrating the project.
    7. Makes full use of the Scout method , considering the project in the light of opportunities to make full use of the educational tools that form the Scout Method;
  • Incorporates a variety of learning opportunities i.e. it enables each person to gain knowledge, skills and attitudes in a variety of areas;
  • Takes into account varying interests, talents, capacities and needs, i.e. within the framework of the project, the young people are able to make choices as to the ways in which they will contribute to its success;
  • That all of the young people in a team or a unit are committed to achieving through personal effort, i.e. the project is not imposed on young people – it is based on a clearly defined goal that they take part in establishing and that they want to achieve.

Whatever the nature of the enterprise, a Scout project is one which is:

  • Based on young people’s needs and interests,
  • Challenging (offering the young people opportunities to go beyond their current capacities – both as a group and as individuals),
  • Rewarding (offering constructive learning experiences),
  • Useful (i.e. by the end of the project, something should have changed for the better as a result of having undertaken the project).

A publication available from the World Scout Bureau, entitled “Lets do a Scout Project!”, explains step-by-step, how you can use a project approach to provide a rich and exciting learning environment for young people
A publication available from the World Scout Bureau, entitled “Scouting: an educational system”, explores the Scout Method in detail.