Tent Talks

Plan. Lead. Represent.

On the 5th of October, Scouts HQ’s Youth team including Ollie Smith and Ollie Wood.

As part of episode 13, Olly Smith (Deputy UK Youth Commissioner), spoke exclusively to our podcast explaining everything there is to know about the award:

Ollie Smith on the Tent Talks Podcast about the YouShape award

The award aims to provide the opportunity for young people to share their ideas and shape their experiences. 

The Award is separated into 4 sections: Central badge, Lead, Plan, Represent, as explained below

Central Badge

  1. Choose one thing to change about your section and make it happen


  1. Plan an idea for a camp or trip and present it to your section.
  2. Think of a way your Pack could achieve a badge requirement and share your idea in a section Forum.
  3. Plan a meeting with your leader.
  4. Create an activity that helps other young people achieve a badge requirement.


  1. Lead a session that welcomes new young people.
  2. Lead an entire session with the help of a Young Leader or adult volunteer.
  3. Lead a section Forum for your group.
  4. On camp, lead a day of activities and fun for your Pack with the help of a Young Leader or adult volunteer.


  1. Tell your Group Executive Committee what you like and don’t like about Scouting.
  2. Take part in a Scouts activity with young people who aren’t involved with Scouts.
  3. With your group, take part in a project that uses skills you’ve learned at Scouts to help people in your community.
  4. Visit a local decision maker, tell them what you like about Scouting, and ask them to help Scouts in your area.

Scouts HQ’s goal is that by 2025 more than 250,000 beavers, cubs and scouts will be able to influence the experience of scouting. Can you help them get there? Visit Scouts.org.uk/YouShape for more information

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