Future Scouts FAQ

  • What are the Future Scouts?

    The Future Scouts are an international, Distributed Service Organization (DSO) for self-directed, lifelong learning. We use a hands-on, interdisciplinary, intergenerational and immersive model that focuses on 21st Century Survival Skills.

  • Who can be a Future Scout?

    Anyone! We approach learning with an intergenerational focus, which means that each Phyle has Peers of all ages.

    If you’re between 6-17 years old, you can join us as a Future Scout.

    If you’re 18 years or older, you can participate as a Future Scout Peer.

    If you’re a parent or guardian, you can join us as a Future Scout Guardian.

  • What do Future Scouts do?

    Future Scouts is a space to develop yourself as a self-directed, lifelong learner – whether you’re 8 or goin’ on 80.

    Future Scouts meet online and/or offline are organized into geographical-based and affinity-based groups (we call them Phyles).

  • How do I become a Future Scout?

    We’re currently accepting applicants for Future Scouts aged 6-17. Drop us your contact info, follow us on the Socials, and we’ll keep you in the loop.

  • How much does Future Scouts cost?

    Future Scouts is a free community service organization. Our mission is to create learning communities and earning opportunities for all members of our community.

    We are committed to an alternative economic model financially empowered by cryptocurrency, grants and our incredible partnerships in the wider ecosystem of self-directed learning.

  • What the heck is a Phyle?

    A Future Scouts Phyle is a self-organized intergenerational, distributed, peer learning community.

    Phyles are hosted by Future Scout Peers and held by Future Scout Guardians.

    Sometimes phyles are geographically based. Sometimes they’re interest based.

    This fall, we will be catalyzing the formation of 15 Future Scout Phyles across the world.

    Our first Phyles will be anywhere from 12-20 Future Scouts, with at least a 4:1 ratio between Future Scouts and Peers/Guardians.

  • How can I join a Phyle?

    You can sign up for early access to our founding Phyles today. We will open up general membership and Phyle creation in Q1 2022.

  • How can I start a Phyle?

    We’re taking applications for Phyle Leaders. Drop us a line, and follow us on the Socials for announcements on the application process.

  • Who are Future Scouts Peers?

    Future Scout Peers are a quickly growing network of vetted creative learning facilitators of all ages and all walks of life.

    Each Peer is a Steward of the Future Scouts Code, and play the role of mentors and facilitators within Future Scout Phyles.

  • Who are Future Scouts Guardians?

    Guardians are individuals of consummate character, capability and reputation who take the pledge of Guardianship within our Phyles, and are thoroughly vetted by the Future Scouts Stewards. Guardians help maintain our Phyles as inclusive, accepting and safe environments for all participants. Guardians are often professional educators, parents or legal guardians of Future Scouts, or have backgrounds in conflict integration and are certified/trained facilitators.

  • Who started the Future Scouts?

    Future Scouts was originally conceived by world builder Ishan Shapiro in the fall of 2015, who continues to act as Chief Steward of the Future Scouts.

    The Future Scouts inaugural program was launched in Los Angeles in 2016 by Ishan Shapiro, DeKoven Ashley, Megan Daalder, Matthew Stoltz and Watson Hartsoe.

  • Is there a nature-based element to Future Scouts?

    Yes. We believe it is essential for learners to connect more deeply to Nature – to think and feel its ecology. We integrate nature-based learning experiences and ecological literacy in our pedagogy.

  • How do I become a Future Scout Peer Mentor?

    If you would like to become a Future Scouts Peer Mentor, it starts with taking the Future Scouts Peer Pledges. You’ll earn MERIT for every pledge you take and every LOPP you stake towards your own lifelong learning.

  • How can I become an official partner of the Future Scouts?

    *blush*…we’re flattered. We’d love to talk to you. Get in touch with one of our Stewards via your preferred medium of communication. We’ll get back to you ASAP.

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