What is a high quality programme?

Module G


This module aims to provide you with the knowledge of what a high quality, balanced programme is and looks like for the section support. It will help you to understand how awards and badges help to achieve this. It will also give you tips on where to find ideas for planning a high quality programme and tips on reviewing the programme to ensure that it is challenging, relevant and rewarding for each young person in the section.

By the end of this module, you will have an understanding of:

  • the key elements of the younger section programmes, activity badges, challenge awards, requirements for completing top awards, and Staged Activity Badges
  • how the awards and badges form a progressive Scheme from age 6 to 25
  • the importance of having a balanced high quality programme and working towards the top awards
  • how Moving On Awards improve links between sections
  • what makes us unique as an organisation
  • how to review the programme using the quality programme checkers

Our Programme

The Scouting programme gives young people the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities to help them develop and achieve their full potential. During the course of a meeting term or session, or during a full year, young people should experience an exciting, enjoyable, high quality and balanced programme that covers a range of challenges, badges and activities relevant to their specific section.

Activity One

Look through the list of activity badges for your section and divide them into three columns on a piece of paper. Your columns should cover the three themes of ‘outdoor and adventure’, ‘world’ and ‘skills’.

A balanced programme should have elements from all three themes in each term of meetings. Reflect on which themes your section has focused on most in the time you’ve been there and come up with some ideas for what you could do to diversify.

Programme Objectives

Our badges and awards can be grouped under 5 main headings – Health, Intellectual, Emotional, Social and Spiritual – you can find out more about these on this page.

By working on badges and delivering a balanced programme we can easily meet these objectives

Youth Shaped Scouting

Young people working in partnership with adults in Scouting has always been something we have been proud of. Youth Shaped Scouting not only improves the way we Scout, but also the young people involved. Learning to speak up, be heard and work towards improving something you are passionate about is an incredible learning experience for the youngest Beaver right the way through to our eldest Network member.

We want every young person to shape their own adventure, take on responsibility, develop skills, make decisions and influence their own Scout Programme.

There are lots of things that you can do to help this happen; from introducing section youth forums to encouraging young people to record video vlogs to share and reflect on past activities and decisions made in the section. These can be done in fun and exciting ways.

Activity Two

Make a poster aimed at parents explaining all the key information about your section. Include information about your programme, awards and skills that young people will learn through Scouting.

What makes us unique?

Our Promise and Law

The Promise and Law are the simple way in which we help young people and adults to remember and think about the fundamentals of Scouting. It is therefore vital that every Member considers the Promise and discusses its meaning before making the Promise and being invested into Scouting. The promise is made by young people when they join a section. There are alternative versions of the promise for different faiths and beliefs or for those with no faith.


Salute, sign and handshake

In Scouting we have a salute, sign and handshake. The handshake is a sign of loyalty and trust. As part of the sectional membership awards Scouts will need to know the handshake.

The membership award also reminds us that we are a member of a worldwide movement of over 50 million Scouts that are united by our values.

Ceremonies and Progression

Each section have opening and closing ceremonies as well as some for special occasions such as moving on or investiture.

Example ceremonies for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts

When thinking about the programme as a whole, it is important that we also think about the transition between sections and young people’s experiences of moving up. Each section has the responsibility to see that every young person progresses in their Scouting journey – including moving on to the next section. Think about how you do this in your own Groups.

Peer Leadership

Each of sections have a peer leadership system – lodges, sizes and patrols – you’ll find out more about this in module I.

Quality Programme

A Quality Programme is Challenging, Relevant and Rewarding for every young person.

What we mean by Challenging:
  • more opportunities for outdoor and adventurous activities in safe environments
  • gaining confidence by participating in new or less familiar activities and stepping out of their comfort zones
  • all young people regardless of their abilities can enjoy and achieve
What we mean by Relevant:
  • young people shape the programme based on what they want to learn and explore
  • ensuring the needs of every young person are met
  • responding to what young people are currently inquisitive about and reflecting this in the programme
What we mean by Rewarding:
  • developing skills for life, including teamwork and leadership
  • supporting young people with their progression through the sections
  • young people are excited about Scouting, having fun and increasing in confidence

Reviewing programme

The Scout Association have put together a number of tools you can use to review your programme. There is a different programme checker tools for each section.

it is important to review the programme regularly to see how things are going. A high quality programme leads to high retention and to happy young people.

Activity Three

Plan a linking evening for your section and the section either above or below yours that would help young people transitioning between. Think about the following:

  • Which activities would be appropriate?
  • How would you mix the two sections together?
  • Which elements of the programme are relevant to both sections (e.g. Staged Badges)?


So you should know more about our programme after this module – review the objectives above and see if you have covered all the objectives.
You can upload the evidence for this module to OSM – we’ll review what you have done and update your YL training.