MSP for Dundee City East, Shona Robison, is taking up the challenge to complete the Scouts Scotland Youth Advocacy Award.
In the same way that Scouts earn their badges, Ms Robison will earn the award by completing a number of actions that were chosen by young people in Scouting to help MSPs experience the life changing opportunities that the Scouts offer.
The award celebrates and highlights MSPs who are raising issues related to young people within the Scottish Parliament, and includes the options to learn a skill, raise issues relating to young people in the parliament or in the media, and visit a local Scout group.
To complete the award Ms Robison intends to visit a local Scout group to see Scouting in action, take a Scout group on a tour of the Scottish Parliament, attend a Scouting event and learn a new skill.
Shona Robison MSP said:
“I’m delighted to be taking part in the Scouts Scotland Youth Advocacy Award over the coming months. Scouting makes a huge difference across Dundee, helping young people to get outside, contribute to the community, and develop vital skills for life. I’m really looking forward to working with the young people in Scouting to earn my badge.”
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. Our Scouts are active citizens and I believe this advocacy award will help to inspire more of our young people to engage with democracy and work towards social change.”
This award was designed in partnership with young people who sit on the Scouts Scotland National Youth Advisory Group. 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. As the largest volunteer-led mixed youth movement in Scotland, Scouts Scotland support nearly 40,000 young people to enjoy new adventures, experience the outdoors, interact with others and gain confidence.
The award can be earned over the five-year term of the Scottish Parliament, and any of the requirements earned before the award was launched all count towards achieving the badge.
On completion of the award MSPs will be presented with a pin badge and a certificate.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
You can learn more about Scouts Scotland at www.scouts.scot.
For further information, please contact Scouts Scotland’s Media and Public Affairs Officer Janis McCulloch on 01383 419073 or 07498997586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.