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Encourage your Scouts and Girlguiding members to learn entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership skills this World Entrepreneurs’ Day.
Often, these skills are instilled in a person from a young age. From founders of businesses, to innovators, and creators, the aspirations of entrepreneurs have usually been with them since their childhood. Or, they may have been inspired a little bit later in life.
Take a look at how you can teach your Scouts and Guides to learn about entrepreneurship throughout the year:
Thousands of business leaders have been involved in Scouting or Girlguiding growing up and often credit the skills they built upon to being members of these organisations when they were young.
To build on the skills they’ve learnt through business-related activities, why not invite some of your local business owners to come in and talk to your members about what it’s like being an entrepreneur. You never know, a willing parent might even want to offer!
Fun fact: Scout Websites’ Managing Director, Josh Diamond, has grown up in Scouting and is still involved today as a Cub Leader outside of running his own businesses.
Leadership and teamwork have long been at the heart of Scouting and Girlguiding. Often seen as traditional skills, these core values are timeless and will always be essential for progress and growth in every part of life – personally and professionally, which is why these organisations make it a priority for young people to learn such skills.
However, as our aspirations and society have evolved, so have the badges to reflect modern interests. More women than ever before are starting their own businesses, the gender pay gap is gradually closing and more girls are choosing STEM subjects in school, leading to more women in STEM careers. Girlguiding launched hundreds of new badges to reflect these changes including the Entrepreneur Badge.
The badge requires; picking a business role model, pitching their own business idea and finalising a business plan.
The Scouts also encourages skills required for potential entrepreneurship through badges such as; Digital Maker Badge and Media Relations and Marketing Activity Badge amongst many others. Your youngsters could even work towards the Personal Challenge Award to learn how investing in themselves can set them up for the future.
Even if you’re a leader in Scouting rather than Girlguiding, you could take inspiration from their Entrepreneur badge and replicate the activities required, for fun!
Why not hold a competition that requires your Scouts (in teams, or individually) to come up with their own business plan, requirements and present it to the rest of the Group. If it’s realistic, they could also carry out their business for a week or two to learn about the commitment and possibilities.
This would teach your Scouts and Guides responsibility, teamwork and leadership, and about having a goal to work towards. It might even encourage them to further pursue their business idea in their spare time!