The Scout Association digital manifesto

The Scouts’ Digital Manifesto has launched this week to empower hundreds of thousands of young people to make more of the opportunities to explore their digital potential. It will also help them develop additional skills that will make a positive difference in their local communities as well as to their own futures.

A 200-strong hashtag of Scouts assembled in the Kent countryside

The manifesto has been developed to provide young people with six clear, concise and easy to understand goals so that they can use digital technology in a safe, creative, smart and responsible way.

The new Scouts’ Digital Manifesto:

  1. Use digital to learn and embrace new skills
  2. Share your adventures digitally and inspire others
  3. Know when to switch off, balancing screen time with outdoor activities
  4. Use digital skills to support your family and community
  5. Use digital to be creative
  6. Stay safe online and know the risks

As part of the partnership, Vodafone will also support two badges which will encourage Scouts to enhance their digital skillsets. The ‘Digital Maker’ badge encourages digital creativity, challenging Scouts to learn skills such as coding using HTML or editing a website. Meanwhile, the ‘Digital Citizen’ badge will encourage Scouts to have open discussions of the potential risks that the online world poses and share this knowledge with friends, family members and others in the local community.

Abbie Laker, aged 16 from Newport said: “Scouting gives me some brilliant chances to learn new skills and do amazing activities. Since joining I have been gliding, canoeing and built a bivvy. I have also had a chance to develop my digital skills by recording what I do outdoors and editing them all together as a video to show my friends. I think the digital manifesto is a great idea that will encourage young people like me to get involved online and still means I get to enjoy and appreciate the beautiful world in which we live.”

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout said: “The Scouts’ Digital Manifesto will encourage hundreds of thousands of young people to develop a range of key digital skills, empowering them to have even greater adventures as well as helping them to stay safe online. Scouting is a worldwide force for good and with Vodafone’s help our young people will be empowered to use technology to make even more of a difference in their communities while also getting outdoors and active.”

Wayne Bulpitt, UK Chief Commissioner of The Scout Association said: “Our digital manifesto underlines the importance of digital in the modern world, and will help young people use it to learn new skills and make a positive impact in their communities. We are so pleased to be partnering with Vodafone who will help provide our Scouts and volunteers with the digital skills they need for the future. With Vodafone’s support we also hope to be welcoming many more volunteers, helping us offer opportunities and adventure to the 35,000 young people in the UK waiting to join.”


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