The BCS sees the badge as especially important for young people as they move towards the world of work. "It is vital that today's young people are sufficiently IT-literate, as computers play an increasing role in our lives," said BCS chief executive David Clarke. "In addition, we are keen to revamp the image of IT and make it a desirable area of study for today's generation.
"The IT activity badge is a positive step towards addressing these issues. Scouting is the largest co-educational youth movement in the UK, so this badge sponsorship is an ideal opportunity to target young people aged from six to 25.
"It is our vision to make IT the profession of the 21st century, and with the introduction of the IT activity badge we hope that today's scouts will be encouraged to pursue and perfect this vital skill.
"The scouts' partnership with the BCS will create a valuable resource for scouting, enabling young people to gain essential skills to help with their future."
Scouts across the country will be encouraged to study for the IT activity badge, which has five levels. They can study for their badges at home, at school or as an activity during scouts meetings. They will be tested at each level.
Scouts Association officer Tom Ovenstone said, "Today's scouts use computers for a variety of tasks, from monitoring the weather via the internet when planning outdoor expeditions to creating posters to promote forthcoming events.
"Scouting today is about giving scouts the abilities to play a full part in the 21st century, and the IT badge makes scouting even more relevant and accessible to all young people. We hope the initiative will help UK scouts to acquire vital IT skills that will impact on their future and possibly their career choices."