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As explained below, the Trust has been established mainly to promote young people's personal development, including leadership development, especially through World Scouting. We hope to do this not only by funding projects and demonstrating their success, but also by encouraging debate about how best to help young people meet the challenges facing them today, but, in particular, empower them to develop the social and leadership skills necessary to contribute to the development of their communities and thus encourage social cohesion.

It is intended that this Editorial will change regularly and be used to introduce papers intended to stimulate thought and a response from those who share our belief in the value of Scouting and leadership development. In time, we hope to develop a 'think tank' of contributors (click here to go to the EFT forum) whose thoughts and practical suggestions will help to further the quality of work with young people, and, as was Baden-Powell's intention, help to make the World a better place!

   The objects of the trust are: "to advance education, including education in leadership skills, and to advance young people in life with a view to helping them become more responsible citizens".
Proposals are invited - from any organisation worldwide whose main purpose is the education and development of young people. Priority will be given to projects supported by a National Scout Organisation.
    The Trust will not normally support:

projects which have run out of funds;
projects which are already being implemented;
administrative costs;
capital items.

The Trust is able to process grant applications NOW.  Applications may be made at any time.

If you have comments to make about any of the items on the website please send them to the editor at: ericfranktrust@gmail.com

 Improving Scouting: Learning from others' experience

 What is Scouting? What makes it different from other youth groups? Baden-Powell's ideas and his approach to helping young people to grow up to be the best they can be, based on  the principles of the Scout Promise and Law, and become constructive  members of their community, have stood the test of time. The key to his success was to  give young people during adolescence  responsibility to organise their own activities in Patrols, especially adventurous activities in the outdoors, with youth leadership.

 The activities used have developed differently throughout the world, but where it has been most successful the principles have remained the same - especially peer education, which is now recognised in many educational systems as a powerful developmental tool. This requires a sensitive facilitative style of leadership from the Scout Leader, compared with the more usual controlling role of the teacher.

 Each NSO needs to develop its own educational rationale explaining why its approach does promote each young person's personal development and leadership skills, progressively as their experience of Scouting continues. Unless the Patrol System operates successfully, Scouting can degenerate into just another activity led and controlled by adults. This may seem easier and safer, but it does not produce the same personal development results. It is not Scouting as envisaged by Baden-Powell!

 World Scouting now recognises that the Consultancy Approach is the best way to help all NSOs to develop successful Scouting. Some NSOs and individuals will have more experience of developing such an educational rationale than others. To seek their help is not to want them to tell you what to do, but to use their experience to help you to find your own solutions to the challenges you face.  This help will frequently include financial aid, but that will be dependent on ensuring that they first have a valid educational rationale, so that what they are trying to do can succeed.

 In the World-wide family of Scouting, there are many human and financial resources, including Messengers of Peace, the World Scout Fellowship, and the Eric Frank Trust. They are not there to tell you what to do, but to help NSOs to help themselves - to develop effective Scouting to suit their particular culture and environment. We all need to be prepared to support each other.

 Financial help is important in today's societies, but increasingly, it is dependent on you demonstrating successful outcomes, ie: how far young people have developed, learning outcomes evident from changed behaviour and achievements. Thus your rationale for your members' personal and leadership development must lead to measurable outcomes of the distance travelled while they have been with you. This need not be complicated and difficult, and should be managed by the young people themselves. But doing this based on the experience of others makes more sense than trying to discover everything yourselves unaided!

 The Eric Frank Trust is available to assist both financially and with advice based on experience to help NSOs develop more successful Scouting.