Blog | Making youth involvement happen
Designed by young people, the Youth Approved Award was launched earlier this year to encourage and celebrate youth involvement at all levels of Scouting in Scotland. We asked our SHQ Commissioner (Youth Involvement) Patrick to tell us more about this initiative and how it supports the wider youth involvement strategy.
“The Youth Approved Award has now launched with over 45 Foundation awards granted to Groups, Districts and Sections, including to Scouts Scotland at a national level.
“The next step towards Youth Approved status for all of our Foundation award holders is Bronze, which while more demanding is something we are keen to work towards as we continue to develop youth involvement in Scotland. Applications for Bronze are now open and will be assessed from September onwards.
For anyone thinking about applying, I would strongly encourage it! Our Youth Approved Award is designed to be a route towards encouraging and empowering young people to shape their own scouting in partnership with adults.
“The more we involve young people, the more positive a difference Scouting will make on their lives. Encouraging our youth members to get more involved will also promote leadership and team working, which are great qualities in a Scout, and valuable skills for life.
National Youth Advisory Group
“The Youth Approved Award is just one of the initiatives launched as part of our strategy to promote youth involvement. We have also set up the National Youth Advisory Group – another big achievement – to give young people a platform to influence key decisions at Scouts Scotland.
“Members of this group now sit on key committees and the group is working on a range of projects. Tudor Westwood has been elected to chair and run this group as the Scottish Youth Commissioner and has been doing a great job!”
We’re planning to hold a support day for adult and youth members who are involved in youth involvement and would like more support and guidance on their roles and any issues they may be facing.
This takes place on Saturday 14 October at Fordell Firs National Activity Centre. Look out for full details soon.
Tell us your stories
Have you done a piece of youth involvement work you’re really proud of? If so, we’d like to hear all about it. We’re looking to highlight examples of best practice to inspire others to do the same.
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