The Scout Association (The real cost of Scouting)

Name: The Scout Association
Category: Economic
Location: Chingford, London, E4 7QW
Project summary: The Scout Association develops skills for life in over 460,000 young people across the UK, supported by nearly 200,000 adult volunteers. However we face a number of challenges in ensuring our everyday adventure is available to everyone, no matter what their background. We want to change that by understanding the lived experiences of underrepresented groups in Scouting, so that we can remove any systemic or cultural barriers that they face when joining, staying, leading and mixing within our Movement.

We are looking for research into the real cost of Scouting and how we ensure finance is not a barrier to taking part in our everyday adventure.
Detailed summary: Although open to suggestions based on established research techniques or time constraints, we believe there are three research questions related to this work:

First, what is the real cost of Scouting in monetary terms? This should include direct costs such as membership subscription, activities and uniform, but also unseen costs such as travel, equipment etc. We would expect a researcher to use an established research technique so that we can have confidence in the findings.

Second, does the cost of Scouting vary in reality or perception dependent on a families demographics? (i.e a cost may seem reasonable to some and unattainable to others).

Third, what can Scouting do to remove real or perceived financial barriers to participation. This should ultimately lead us to central policy change or local guidance that results in more young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds taking part in Scouting.
Number of students partnered with: 0
Current status: Available to partner with

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