Stuart McMillan MSP prepares to be Scout Youth Advocate

Stuart McMillan MSP has taken up the challenge to complete the new Scouts Scotland Youth Advocacy Award.

In the same way that Scouts earn their badges, Stuart will earn the award by completing a number of actions. These were chosen by young people in Scouting to help MSPs develop the amazing skills for life that Scouting offers. 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, visit a national camp or event, and visit a local Scout group.

Stuart is already on his way to completing his badge having been to visit the 70th Greenock and District Scouts and he also intends to take a Scout group on a tour of the Scottish Parliament.

Stuart McMillan 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 to young people across Greenock and Inverclyde, and helps them develop skills for life. I’m really looking forward to working together with young people in Scouting to achieve 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. 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 award is 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.

You can help Scouts Scotland to support more young people in Scotland by donating on the website


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