Iain Gray MSP has risen to the challenge and completed his Scouts Scotland Youth Advocacy Award.
Just as Scouts have to earn their badges, Iain Gray MSP earned his badge by completing a number of actions that were chosen by young people in Scouting to help MSPs experience the skills for life that Scouts has to offer.
Iain earned his badge by meeting Scouts from North Berwick where they taught him how to be prepared to go to camp. He also met with Scouts at the Scottish Parliament to hear about their social impact project, A Million Hands, which will tackle some of Scotland’s biggest social issues including ending homelessness and protecting the environment.
Iain Gray MSP said:
“I’m delighted to have achieved my Scouts Scotland Youth Advocacy Award. I’ve been able to see first-hand the difference that Scouting in East Lothian. Young people who are involved in Scouts are a third more likely to help out in their local area and volunteer to help others and it has been great to see this community spirit while I have been working towards earning my award. I’ll be proud to wear my badge in the Parliament.”
Tudor Westwood, Chair of the National Youth Advisory Group for Scouts Scotland said:
“The exciting thing is that this badge encourages politicians to see and engage with, first-hand, the extraordinary work Scouts Scotland does every single day in Scotland.
“Each week, we give almost 40,000 young people in Scotland the opportunity to enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed and I believe this advocacy award helps to inspire more of our young people to engage with democracy and work towards social change.”
The award is also designed to give politicians a greater insight into the work that Scouts Scotland is undertaking week in week out in Scotland.
Scouts Scotland believe in preparing young people with skills for life by encouraging young people to do more, learn more and be more.
You can help Scouts Scotland to support more young people in Scotland by donating on the website www.scouts.scot.