East Lancashire Scouts are today putting young people at the centre of its leadership team, appointing two further Deputy County Youth Commissioners for the first time in the organisation’s history.

The due will be part of East Lancashire Scouts’ leadership team, working alongside and, in partnership with adult volunteers across East Lancashire to ensure that decisions made throughout the organisation are fully reflective of its younger members.

The three-year appointment follows 10 years of Scout Association membership growth in the UK and has been made as the Movement embarks on a new Strategic Plan taking them to 2023. One of the key strands of this plan is to ensure that the Movement is shaped by young people in partnership with adults and the Youth Commissioner will play an important role in bringing this to life.

Owen Cockcroft (17) from Burnley and Rose Abbott (17) from Darwen have both been appointed as Deputy County Youth Commissioners for East Lancashire Scouts.

Both are long-time members of The Scout Association and are currently working towards their Queen’s Scout Award, the highest award available in Scouting. Both Owen and Rose are also currently involved in delivering the adventure programme to girls and boys aged between 6 and 25 years old.

Owen and Rose will work with the rest of the East Lancashire Scouts Youth Team over the next three years to ensure that Scouting:

  • Remains youth-focused, connecting young members at the grassroots with decisions made at a local level and raising the profile of its youth-led initiatives. These initiatives will include a District Youth Council, which will allow young people to have their say about all things Scout-related and to be heard by the leadership team
  • Opens up life changing opportunities to all local communities across Blackburn
  • Retains its youth members, making it easier for those going to college, university or into the world of work to stay connected with Scouting, even if they are not actively volunteering as leaders.

Emma Cooper, who supports over 800 volunteers in East Lancashire added:

Having a Movement that is shaped by young people in partnership with adults is at the heart of what Scouting is all about, and I am delighted to welcome Owen and Rose onto the leadership team today. They are incredibly passionate about Scouting and both bring unique qualities and experience to the team that will ensure that the decisions made at every level remain relevant to our members. I look forward to working with them all as we begin this new and exciting chapter in our history.