I've been a scout since I was 12. I'm now in my 20s and am a scout leader (I look after younger ones), because I believe that teaching the next gen is one of the best things I can do right now, and I am able to teach anarchist values to children who come here.
Disclaimer: The "World Organization of the Scout Movement" is the biggest association in the world, and scouting is very different from country to country. My personal experience is probably not the same as the scouts near you. Also my scouting association is probably one of the most left-winged ones you can find; its really different from fash-type stereotype you probably have (those still exist though). Also english is not my first language so I may not be clear.
We have 3 age ranges. I'll talk about how we look after our adolescents (12-17). We also have 8-12 and 17-21 if you want to ask about those
We spend 6 afternoon and 12 week-ends together each year, that ends with a 2-3 week summer-camp.They sleep in tents most of the time.
We have a group of 25 teens, separated into teams of 5-6, that will work together for a year. They will sleep together, cook together, eat half their meals together, do chores together and work on a yearly project together (this year one of the teams did a 2 day autonomous bike hike for example). The teams are mixed age, mixed gender, but we are legally obliged to have male and female separated sleeping tents. The children spend ~50% of the time in their team and 50% all together.
what I like about my scout movement:
- Our final goal is to make these young people into balanced, happy, woke adults.
- We value "education by action": We play games to learn about plants, do projects to learn to work in groups, they cook their own food themselves form scratch. About half of our activity are games.
- we teach the children simple living: every year they spend our 3 week summer camp without TV, phones, or internet, but also showering with only 5L a day, washing their clothes themselves, cooking with fires and so on...
- Me and my team of adults choose what values we want to teach the children: this year we've worked on basic human need and good food habits. Next year I'll try to make everyone eat vegan for the whole summer camp and go volunteering for food shelters during the year.
what I dont like about my scouting movement:
- we wear uniforms "to be recognised". I still find it kinda fashy
- It's not leftist enough. Most other adults are liberals, so I cant go as "hardcore leftist" as I want; for example, other adults are "scared" of vegans.
you can ama about my values, our daily general organization, the activities we do