This understanding that young people must be involved in decision making is a central element of the World Scout Youth Forum. Through the Youth Forum, young people have the opportunity to develop their skills and take part in . Here are some of the key ways participants will engage in making decisions during the Youth Forum:
- Working in mixed International Teams: Through their International Teams, Youth Forum participants can learn about the decision-making process of the Youth Forum and Conference. Together they can collaborate and propose inputs to different documents for the decision of the Youth Forum. To learn skills in cooperation and lobbying, the teams must get their proposals to be seconded by at least one other International Team before they can be discussed and voted on. The decisions reached will be included in the final Youth Forum report to the Conference.
- Proposing and voting on Resolutions and Constitutional Amendments: The Youth Forum provides avenues for participants to discuss and propose draft amendments to the proposals put forward to the World Scout Conference, including Constitutional Amendments, Draft Resolutions, and Draft Objectives of the World Triennial Plan. Draft resolutions are decisions proposed to the World Scout Conference which provide direction for the future of theScout Movement. The participants are supported by a workbook to prompt important questions for consideration. Importantly, any proposals passed by the Youth Forum will be considered by the Conference if subsequently proposed by Member Organizations.
- Drafting content for the Youth Forum Declaration: The Youth Forum Declaration is a statement of key messages that the participants would like to convey to WOSM and the world, and which helps guide the work of the Youth Advisors to the World Scout Committee in the next triennium. Youth delegates are invited to actively engage in the decision making of the Youth Forum and Conference to help shape the future of Scouting. This process is supported by a voting protocol outlined in the for both events.
- Electing Youth Advisors to the World Scout Committee: The Youth Forum elects six Youth Advisors to the World Scout Committee who play a key role in its decision–making. During the Youth Forum, participants learn about and engage with the 18 candidates to hear their ideas and plans for their candidacy. In the end, they vote to elect the six who will become their voice and support further strengthening of World Scouting’s youth involvement work.
- Developing Personal Action Plans: Throughout the Youth Forum, participants take part in workshops that allow them to build bridges between the event and experiences back in their local communities. They explore and share their thoughts through a Personal Action Plan – the biggest innovation of the 14th World Scout Youth Forum. Delegates dive into many ideas and best practices to brainstorm on a project idea they want to implement back in their communities or National Scout Organizations.