Royal Blind School Scouts present MSP with Youth Advocacy Award

Posted: 28/06/2017 | Education, Adult Services,

Scouts from the Royal Blind School’s 77th Braid have presented a local MSP with an award during a parents evening. 

Two scouts present David with a certificateDaniel Johnson was presented with the Youth Advocacy Award which recognises MSPs who are raising issues relating to young people in the Parliament or in the media.

Mr Johnson, MSP for Edinburgh Southern, is the third member of Scottish Parliament to be presented with the award since its launch in February. 

The young people were also presented with Scout badges during the evening including the meteorologist, entertain and collector badges. 

One of the young people made their Scout promise using his switch - which he activated to play a recording of his brother’s voice. 

Royal Blind Care and After School Manager, Roseanne Allison, said: “It was a fantastic evening, I have never heard the scout promise in so many different ways and format. The evening was rounded off with a very loud rendition of Ging Gang Gooly!” 

The Youth Advocacy Award can be earned by MSPs, in the same way as Scouts earn their badges, by completing a number of actions.

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.  

Scouting exists to make young people’s lives better, helping them to realise their full potential, and providing them with the skills they need to succeed in life. 

Tudor Westwood, Chair of the National Youth Advisory Committee 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.”