Volunteers in Scouting vote for the top skills they think all young people should have by the time they reach age 11, and 11 year olds asked whether they think they have those skills
Results mark a sign of the times with staying safe online and cooking a healthy meal making the list alongside traditional scouting skills like navigation and camping
Over two-thirds of 11-year-olds know how to stay safe online but just 41% say they know how to cook a healthy meal
New ‘Farm to Fork’ partner badge launched by The Tesco Eat Happy Project in conjunction with The Scout Association to teach young people cooking skills as well as where their food comes from
Modern day concerns such as staying safe online and cooking a healthy meal sit alongside more traditional outdoor skills like camping and navigation, according to the results of new research into what skills young people must get to grips with before their 11th birthday.
The research, conducted to mark the launch of a new partnership between The Scout Association and The Tesco Eat Happy Project, involved asking local Scouting volunteers what skills they think young people should have by age 11. 250 11-year-olds were also asked which of those skills they confidently feel they have.
Farm to Fork trail
Despite being voted the topmost important skill by more than 300 Scout leaders, just 39% of all 11-year olds surveyed said they knew what to do in a first aid emergency. Most young people – more than 80% in each case – were confident of their ‘life skills’ such as being part of a team and able to make new friends. Two-thirds (67%) said they know how to stay safe online but worryingly, much less than half, 41%, knew how to cook or prepare a healthy meal. Just 4% of respondents claimed to be able to do all 11.
The complete top 11:
1. Know what to do in a first aid emergency
2. Spend at least one night away camping
3. Be part of a team
4. Be able to make new friends
5. Navigate a short trip with a map and compass
6. Know how and when to call 999
7. Know how to cook safely on an open fire
8. Cook or prepare a healthy meal
9. Know how to stay safe online
10. Know how to tie three knots
11. Tread water for three minutes in a vertical position
A new partner badge has been launched by The Tesco Eat Happy Project in conjunction with The Scout Association for all Beaver Scouts and Cubs Scouts who complete a Farm to Fork Trail, on which they can learn all about how their food is grown or produced. Stops on the trail include seeing behind the scenes of a Tesco bakery, learning which animals cheese comes from, being taught how to gut a fish and fun challenges like where different fruit and vegetables are grown.
Today also marks the one-year anniversary of The Tesco Eat Happy Project, thanks to which over 660,000 children have so far found out where their food comes from as well as how to cook nutritious meals.
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout said:
“Many young people have lost touch with where their food actually comes from and it’s great that Tesco, in partnership with the Scouts, have created a Farm to Fork Trail that Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts can go on that provides a meaningful way of reconnecting young people with what’s on their plates, and that knowledge and experience will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.”
Josh Hardie, Corporate Responsibility Director for Tesco said:
“Cubs and Beavers love exploring and learning new things, and the Eat Happy project is all about taking kids on a culinary adventure. We want to improve the next generation’s relationship with food and this partnership with The Scout Association will help even more children learn where the food on their plates comes from.”
Hannah Kentish, UK Scouting Youth Commissioner said:
“The survey results are full of practical skills and adventure based activities, this is exactly what Scouting is all about. Knowing how to cook a healthy meal is a great skill for young people and it’s important they know where their food comes from.”
Any Scout leaders who want to book a Farm to Fork Trail for their Group can find out more at tesco.com/eathappyproject.