Our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Networkers have amazing ideas for how to shape the future of Scouting. It is up to me to make sure they are heard and acted upon. Many ideas that come from our members would also merit being presented on a bigger scale so they can directly benefit other young people in society. Our invaluable experiences of the great outdoors, volunteering, travelling and taking part in community action puts us in a unique position, being able to put this experience to great use in shaping our nation for the better.
How will I consult with you?
Scouts is becoming more youth-shaped than ever before. Young people are making decisions from what badges they want to complete, camps they want to take part in and how national events are run. With every District, Region and the nation now looking for explorers and members of network join advisory groups where they are empowered to shape scouting, this gives me a great opportunity to meet with you or someone representing your views. By taking a leading role in my District as a Commissioner for Youth Involvement, I know the challenges sometimes faced in getting your ideas across, however great they will be. Equally, I know how valuable it is when your opinion is respected and when you have made a difference.
Being an MSYP for a nation-wide organisation rather than a local constituency brings its challenges in terms of representing EVERYONE. It’s a problem I don’t have all the answers to but I believe working with you to come up with a solution is the best way to approach it. With Youth Advisory Groups now popping up across the country, this will provide us with a strong and effective communication framework between all districts and regions – something I’m keen to make sure of. That being said, this is an issue that I think requires input directly from you. Explorers and Networkers living in remote areas such as the Highlands and Islands or Dumfries and Galloway will no doubt have some of the best ideas to tackle this representation problem. If elected, I look forward to working with those living in all areas of the country, putting a more ‘geographically’ inclusive system in place to make sure everyone as the opportunity to be consulted with and have their views represented.
Social media will also prove hugely important in allowing me to gather ideas, opinions and suggestions to take forward to the Scottish Youth Parliament. By finding out the best way to communicate with our 14-25yr old membership online by consulting with you, we can hopefully work out a system that both allows your views to be heard but also how they progressed and were acted upon.
I will strive to present your ideas on a national stage to drive real change in wider society. Any gender, any race, any income, any faith – I will be dedicated to hearing your views on all things Scouting, but more importantly, doing my best to make them a reality.