Following the origin of Scouting inthe association was formed in and incorporated in by a Royal Charter under its previous name of The Boy Scouts Association. The association aims to provide "fun, adventure and skills for life and give young people the opportunity to enjoy new adventures, experience outdoors and take part in a range of creative, community and international activities, interact with others, make new friends, gain confidence and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
From to the association's name was The Boy Scouts Association and until only boys were admitted to its programmes. Ingirls were allowed to join the Venture Scouts section for to year-olds. The association is open to all faiths with variations to the Scout Promise available to accommodate to those of different religious obligations or national beliefs.
Baden-Powell was keen to allow young people with disabilities to take part in Scouting programmes, and the Disabled Scout Branch later known as Extension Scouting was formed in Flexibility is "Scouting uk homosexuality in japan" to badges and awards for those with special needs and many Scout Counties and Areas have a specialist commissioner or adviser to support inclusion.
The Boy Scouts Association was formed inin order to provide a national body in the United Kingdom which could organise and support the rapidly growing number of Scout Patrols and Troops, which had begun to form spontaneously following the publication of Scouting for Boys and The Scout magazine in Arthur Pearson Limited controlled much of Scouting. Originally, Scouting was for boys aged between 11 and However, many "Scouting uk homosexuality in japan" and younger boys wanted to join in.
Scouting spread throughout the British Empire and wider world. On 4 JanuaryThe Boy Scouts Association was incorporated throughout the British Empire by Royal charter for "the purpose of instructing boys of all classes in the principles of discipline loyalty and good citizenship".
Scout buglers sounded "all clear" after air raids, others helped in hospitals and made up aid parcels; Sea Scouts assisted the Coastguard in watching the vulnerable East coast.
The Boy Scouts Headquarters Gazette was first published in
Scouting uk homosexuality in japanas the official publication of the association for adult Scouters and administrators,  alongside The Scouta magazine for youth members which had been launched in April Tasks undertaken included police messengers and stretcher bearers.
After years of trial schemes, the Senior Scout Section was officially launched inallowing Boy Scouts aged fifteen to eighteen years to form separate patrols or troops, with age appropriate activities and badges.
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The Boy Scouts Association and its programmes in Britain went largely unchanged until it underwent a major review in the s. The Scouting uk homosexuality in japan Scouts' Advance Party was formed in and was sent to survey the association to see why membership numbers were falling. Their report was published in and changes were implemented later that year and throughout The rejection of these proposals resulted in the formation of the Baden-Powell Scouts' Association.
Several developments were made over the following years, including the introduction of co-educational units of boys and girls, initially restricted to the Venture Scouts section inbut from junior sections were allowed to become mixed as well. Originally, only the leaders of the new section, nicknamed Beaverswere members of the association with the youths themselves becoming Scouts officially in Despite these changes, and many other minor ones, The Scout Association fell into a decline through the s with falling membership levels.
The association found itself competing for people's time against many other extracurricular activities and schools themselves which were increasingly venturing into the same types of activities.
In addition, adult leaders became concerned with the growing litigation culture in the UK  and the negative stereotype as being old fashioned.
To keep up with current trends and appeal to audience new generation, a new uniform, designed by Meg Andrew, was introduced in The uniform included a variety of bold exciting colours, with the younger sections wearing sweatshirts and activity trousers.
In the association launched its new vision towardswhich heralded a period of change.
Scout Network for 18—25 year olds, as well as an Explorer Scouts for 14—18 year olds. A new programme was introduced, complete with a new range of badges and awards covering a wider variety of topics such as Public Relations and Information Technology, developing practical and employability skills. Further changes took place in when the association's Adult Training Scheme was relaunched
Scouting uk homosexuality in japan be more focused and targeted to the volunteers individual role as opposed to the more general training received before.
The association also began to change in its focus, with a renewed emphasis on outdoor adventure and it now offers over fun and adventurous activities for Scouts, from abseiling and archery while also offering a wider range of development opportunities, from coding to music and drama. In the association appointed television presenter Peter Duncan as its Chief Scout, who was succeeded by adventurer Bear Grylls in July The first UK Chief Commissioner, Wayne Bulpitt was appointed on the same day, with a particular remit to support Scouting uk homosexuality in japan, grow and develop the association.
There was criticism of some of these changes, mostly citing problems with the implementation, although several years into the new structure the Explorer Scout and Scout Network sections have become well established [ citation needed ].
The new badges drew more mixed reactions from several public figures, with some praising the association for "moving with the times" and others feeling the changes went "against the Scouting ethos of Baden-Powell".
The association hosted several major events during this time including EuroJam inhosting 10, Scouts and Guides from 40 "Scouting uk homosexuality in japan," the 21st World Scout Jamboree in as well as playing a major role in the centenary celebrations of Scouting that same year, with celebration events organised on Brownsea Island.
Bycensus figures showed a strong upturn, with the association in April claiming its highest rate of growth in UK sincewith total claimed participation reaching just under half a million. The association claims one of its biggest challenges is encouraging more adults to volunteer to the number of young people currently on waiting lists around 40, However, by its Scouting uk homosexuality in japan figures above it has a high ratio of more than 1 adult volunteer to 4 participant young people see aboveand "young people" includes adults aged 18 to The effort to attract new volunteers received a boost when the Duchess of Cambridge announced her intention to become a volunteer leader for the association with a Scout Group near her Anglesey home.
In the decade up tothe number of adult volunteers increased by 14, to a total of overA new Strategic Plan entitled Scouting for All was launched in to outline the association's focus between — It proposed four key areas of activity: Inthe association introduced the role of UK Youth Commissioner. The UK Youth Commissioner works with the national leadership team; the association's chief executive, its chief scout, its UK chief commissioner and its chair of the board of trustees to contribute to discussions "on behalf of youth members" but how the views of more thanparticipant young people are gathered or represented by a selected appointee has not been explained.
Scout Counties and Districts appoint their own Youth Commissioners for young people to have an opportunity to influence their activities.
In Octoberthe association launched a three-year community impact project called "A Million Hands" to mobilise half a million Scouts to support four social issues chosen by their young people. Its aim is to build real and lasting relationships in communities that will enable young people to continue taking "social action" long into the future. In Dr Ann Limb was appointed Chair of the association, the first woman to hold the post.
Throughout the association celebrated the centenary of the Cub Scout section, named Cubs Although Cubs began on an experimental basis inthe centenary celebrations marked the launch of the fully developed Wolf Cub programme on 16 Decembera date which is regarded as the "official birthday of Scouting uk homosexuality in japan. Adventurer Steve Backshall was appointed Cubs Ambassador to raise the profile of the anniversary year. In Maya new strategy was announced to outline the focus of the Scout Association between and It's objectives are similar with the same outcomes of Growth, Inclusivity, Youth Shaped Scouting and Community Impacthowever there is now more of a framework to develop, and achieve the objectives.
Alongside the new strategy launch, the Scout Association launched a new brand to support the strategy, and change the then 15 year old logo. The major changes included a new typeface for documents and literature from the organisation, new colours, and an updated corporate logo. This was introduced to the movement on a two year transition period. The association is governed by a council of between and members in accordance with its various Royal Charters.
The council consists of various officers and national
Scouting uk homosexuality in japan of the association, some members nominated by the Scout Counties including young people aged between 18 and 25 and a majority of members elected by the council itself.
The council elects the association's Chief Scout. Bear Grylls has been the association's Chief Scout since July The council also elects the association's Board of Trustees formerly called the Committee of the Councilwhich manages the business of the association and makes the policy and rules. A UK Chief Commissioner acts as the association's Deputy Chief Scout and appoints a team of chief commissioners and UK Commissioners who are responsible for programmes in their respective fields.
The board of trustees maintain a professional headquarters staff who implement the policy of the association and provide support and services for the "proper conduct and development of Scouting". The Chief Executive is appointed by the Board to manage the work of the Headquarters staff. The association is Scouting uk homosexuality in japan into four mainland national groupings: EnglandScotlandWalesand Northern Ireland.
While The association in England is directly managed by the UK Headquarters, each of the other nations has its own Scout Council and administration. Scout Groups are the local organisations registered with The Scout Association, and are the direct descendants of the original Scout Patrols and Scout Troops.
Scout Groups are led by a Group Scout Leader whose main role is handling communication between the local District and the Section Leaders and ensuring the Scout Group meets the minimum standard required by the association. At all levels, Scouts are governed by an executive of trusteesknown as executive committees  — these could be volunteers from the local community who have had ties with the association, either themselves or through their children.
An executive normally consists of a chairman, secretary, treasurer, and a number of other officers. All leaders work as unpaid volunteers,  of which there are aroundThey receive support from Growth and Development Officer
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Scout Networks are mainly member led, but are assisted by a Network Leader who ensures that the Network is working within the rules of the association.
In addition to adult leadership, the association encourages its members themselves to take on positions of responsibility for their section meetings. This can be through for a group of members, such as the Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader in Scouts and Sixers and Seconders in Cubs, or through sectional forums to feedback on programmes.
The Scout section also have the role of Senior Patrol Leader, usually someone about to move on to Explorers who overlooks all the patrols, and the members of the Explorer section are openly encouraged to run evenings and to plan their own meetings. Both programmes follow the same core programme in all sections but can add more aeronautical or nautical emphasis depending on the programme, with some Groups choosing to be recognised by the Royal Air Force or Royal Navy.
There are a variety of different appointments and roles that exist for adults. Below these are the members of UK Headquarters, including the association's Chief Scoutwho is honorary head of the association and its public face, and the UK Chief Commissioner, who is in charge of the volunteers in the association and of the other commissioners. Below these are the commissioners for the nations, regions, counties, areas and districts, all of whom are assisted by deputies and assistant commissioners who can oversee and advise on a particular area of responsibility — for example an assistant district commissioner for Beaver Scouts particularly ensures that that section in the district is abiding to the association's rules.
The final managerial role in the association is that of the Group Scout Leader and their assistant, who are both in charge of a local Scout group. All of these roles are uniformed and for those volunteer roles from County level downwards training is required in the basic values of the association, safety and child protection, inclusion and advanced managerial skills to achieve their Wood Badge.