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Forget Be Prepared, now Scouts are ePrepared

We may normally associate the Scouts with adventures in the great outdoors but today sees the launch of the organisation's latest initiative, which aims to teach its members how to negotiate the great indoors with an equal amount of skill.

The Scouts’ Digital Manifesto is designed to help young people develop key digital skills while encouraging them to stay safe online. 

Abbie Laker, 16, from Newport, said: 'Scouting gives me some brilliant chances to learn new skills and do amazing activities. I have had a chance to develop my digital skills by recording what I do outdoors and editing them all together as a video to show my friends. I think the digital manifesto is a great idea that will encourage young people like me to get involved online and still means I get to enjoy and appreciate the beautiful world in which we live.'

The manifesto sees the start of a new long term partnership between the Scout Association and Vodafone UK, supported by the Vodafone Foundation, aimed at helping young people develop improved digital skills, safety and confidence

Jeroen Hoencamp, CEO at Vodafone UK said: 'Vodafone already has a strong heritage in helping parents and children navigate through the social and digital worlds in a safe way via our Digital Parenting Magazine and global cyber-bullying programmes - this partnership further encourages and empowers young people to develop their digital literacy helping them become confident digital makers and citizens.'