Iain Gray MSP has taken up the challenge to complete the Scouts Scotland Youth Advocacy Award, starting with a visit to a local beavers group.
In the same way that Scouts earn their badges, Mr Gray will earn the award by completing a number of activities chosen by young people to help MSPs experience the life changing opportunities that the Scouts offer.
The MSP started working on his new badge with a visit to the North Berwick Beaver group to see the difference that the uniformed groups can make to young people in East Lothian.
Iain Gray MSP said:
“I’m delighted to be taking part in the Scouts Scotland Youth Advocacy Award over the coming months. The uniformed groups makes a huge difference across East Lothian in helping young people develop essential skills for life.
“I already undertake a range of activities with young people in East Lothian, so this award seems like a logical next step.
“My visit to the North Berwick Beaver group gave me an insight into the level of preparation that is involved with their camping activities and how dedicated the young people and their leaders are.
“Having started the award, I’m really looking forward to continuing the process with young people in East Lothian to achieving my badge and becoming a Youth Advocate.”
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 will help to inspire more of our young people to engage with democracy and work towards social change.”
The Youth Advocate Award 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.
Find out more about the work of Scouts Scotland at www.scouts.scot