Wiltshire County Quality of Programme Checker Support - Cub Scouts
To help you with your Programme Planning we have created a copy of the Quality Programme Checker with the ability for you to comment where you would appreciate support so the County Support Team can help you.
The Quality of Programme Checker is a tool designed to help you to plan and review your programmes, and make sure that you are delivering quality Scouting to the young people that you work with.
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
The categories will help you to identify any areas where your programme could be improved, and set targets for you to reach when planning your next programme. The figures included in the categories have been calculated following research with Section Leaders.
This tool could be used to review programmes which you have already run and identify areas that need a greater focus for the coming term or year, or new programmes which you are planning for the term or year ahead to make sure there aren’t any gaps. You should tick the box next to the answer that best applies to your programme for each question.
How many activity badges do most Cubs gain before leaving the section?
More than 20
15 - 19
Up to 14
If less than 14, What Support would you welcome to enable your Cub Scouts to achieve more?
How many activities take place outside the normal meeting place per year?
More than 6
3 - 6
Up to 3
If less than 3, what challenges do you face which prevent you from experiencing more?
How many times per year does your Pack engage with the local community?
3 or more
0 - 1
If less than 1, what challenges do you face which prevent you from engaging more?
How often does your Pack take part in any of the following activities each year: –National programme initiatives –County –District–With another section
More than 3
0 - 1
If less than 2, what difficulties are you experiencing that prevent you from taking part in more National Programme Initiatives and/or District and County events?
What Percentage of Cubs gain the Chief Scout Silver Award?
90% or more
50 - 90%
up to 50%
If less than 50%, what is preventing your Cub Scouts from achieving their top awards and what support would you welcome to help increase achievement?
How many nights away do Cubs have the opportunity to attend per year?
2 or more
If less than one Nights Away experience, what are the challenges you face that prevent your Cub Scouts from undertaking more Nights Away experiences?
All requirements are met; variety of activities and methods; delivered in an interesting and engaging way; spread throughout the programme.
All of the requirements are met; activities and methods not always engaging; concentrated over a short period of time.
Some of the requirements are met; activities and methods not always varied and engaging; do not regularly feature in the programme.
What are the blockers that prevent more Challenge Awards being achieved? If you need support in this areas, what would that look like?
Termly Pack Forums / Pack Leadership Forums. Regular opportunities to influence the programme and provide feedback. Feedback is always acted upon.
Irregular Pack Forums / Pack Leadership Forums. Some opportunity to influence the programme and provide feedback. Feedback is sometimes acted upon.
No Pack Forums / Pack Leadership Forums. Rare opportunity to influence the programme and provide feedback. Feedback is occasionally acted upon.
If you do not regularly hold Pack Forums or Leadership Forums, please can you tell us why? If you would like help in running a Forum please let us know.
Delivery of Programme
Programme is always well planned; run by a range of appropriately skilled adults; uses a variety of methods. Feedback gathered from young people is positive.
Programme is normally well planned; uses a variety of methods; usually run by appropriately skilled adults. Feedback from young people is normally positive.
Programme is occasionally well planned; limited variety in the methods used; programme is not always run by adults with appropriate skills. Feedback from young people is mixed.
What challenges do you face in planning quality programmes and what support would you welcome to help you improve your planning?
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