Help more young people thrive in a changing world - Our response to the Education Bill and ambition for 2024

Help more young people thrive in a changing world - Our response to the Education Bill and ambition for 2024

12 January 2024

Blog written by Graeme Luke, CEO Scouts Scotland

Scouting has always been about changing lives.

Young people who join the Scouts embark on a transformative journey, building resilience, taking initiative, and developing communication and interpersonal skills that stay with them for life. Research has proven participation in Scouting to enhance employability and long-term wellbeing.

We’re also changing as an organisation, to improve the volunteer experience so we can broaden access to Scouting and ensure as many young people as possible can benefit from our programme.

Willingness to adapt our approach is important because we live in a changing world. The skills young people need to thrive now are not necessarily the same ones they will need in the future.

It’s something that the Scottish Government recognises. Its new vision for a qualification and assessment system that reflects the diversity and creativity of Scotland’s learners and educators represents the biggest change to Scotland’s curriculum and assessment system in a generation.

Before Christmas I was working hard with Barry Donald-Hewitt, Chief Volunteer for Scotland, and our team at Headquarters to respond to the proposals and make our own case for change:

The case for inclusion, where organisations like Scouts Scotland are involved in educational decision-making to ensure that every learner is valued and their full educational experience is considered.

The case for recognition, where young people that invest in the life skills that employers need to complement what they’ve learned at school, college or university are given the credit they deserve.

And the case for adventure, the power of learning outside the classroom, in Scout halls, campsites and adventure centres across the country, to equip Scotland’s young people with the skills the need to thrive in a changing world.

2024 is set to be a year of change for our movement as we seek to deliver on our objectives for growth, inclusion and social impact while striving to give youth a voice.

If we embrace it, I believe we can change more young lives than ever before, but we couldn’t do it without the 30,000 volunteers that make Scouting in Scotland possible.

If you want a better future for Scotland’s young people why not join us today