You Shape Stories: Rosie

In this series of blogs, we will be sharing You Shape stories from around Merseyside. First up, Rosie from Crosby.

Next to the River Thames

I’m Rosie, an Explorer from Crosby, and I’m so grateful to be a You Shape Champion. As a part of the Merseyside Youth Shape team, I’ve been able to have my say in activities and ideas for various camps, and most recently the chance to spread the word about You Shape month and how important it is for young people to have their voices heard within scouting.

As well as shaping events at a County level, it's been great to get involved with planning events within my group. Last summer, when my Explorer unit planned a trip to London, it was down to us to decide what we wanted to do. Supported by our leaders, we sorted our own transport and programme, booking a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament and a visit to Westminster Cathedral. Whilst there, (after persuading our tour guide!) we had the opportunity to be invested in the House of Commons and even met some Canadian scouts who swapped badges with us! Our leaders allowing us to have our say in programme planning meant that we could develop our independence skills, gain confidence, make friends and engage with what interests us most.

Our trip was a fantastic opportunity, but You Shape doesn’t always have to be in the form of trips and camps. Even just encouraging young people to plan a game at a meeting, or put their badge ideas forward, provides us with invaluable skills for life and really allows us to focus on what we’re interested in. As a young leader, one of my favourite parts of the role is seeing Beavers and Cubs engaged with games and activities that they’ve chosen to do.

To find out more about You Shaped scouting across the county, and to earn your own You Shape Champion badges, take a look at our social media and share your own experiences with the hashtag #WeShapeMerseyside.