The philosophy underpinning the programme is that every Network Scout should participate in a Balanced Programme over a period of time.

A balanced programme is one which allows members to experience a wide range of activities

The emphasis has shifted from a badge and award-driven culture to one that ensures that all young people experience a quality programme covering a wide range of subjects.

To help, the Balanced Programme is divided into a number of Self Development Areas, methods and underlying ways of working.

The three Self Development Areas are: