Your Ideas – making them reality

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.

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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.

In conclusion…

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.





My Top 3 Priorities

  1. To me, the most important priority of any MSYP candidate should be to represent the views of their organisation. That is why, if elected as your MSYP, I hope to set up or attend as many Youth Forums and Young Advisory Groups as possible. This would give me a fantastic opportunity to discuss issues and gather opinions of our members in order for me to bring issues to parliament with the backing of our membership. Social media will play a big part in how I consult and keep you up to date with goings on on a day to day basis. If elected, I will set up dedicated social media channels to communicate with you and hope to think up some innovative ways to engage our 14-25 membership online.hands up sized.png
  2. Everyone in Scouting deserves to be recognised for their achievement both in Scouts and wider afield. Our last MSYPs put fantastic work towards getting universities to formally recognise Scouting achievements. I hope to add momentum to this initiative by emphasising the huge importance of Scouting skills gained such as resilience, open-mindedness and dedication when achieving badges, taking part in an expedition or camping in the field of dreams. I hope to gain your backing that in order to prove that these skills are valued, these achievements must be given suitable formal accreditation. The same way as exam results are. Just as the A on your SQA certificate indicates hard work and academic ability, a badge on your uniform represents skill, determination and commitment. We must start to prove to our young people that skills learned and experiences outside school are valued on the same level as exam results achieved in school. For me, the badge trumps the A grade any day.badges sized.png
  3. My experiences of Scouting will stay with me forever. From camping in thunderstorms or under a clear starry sky to sitting around the campfire belting out songs with mates. From linking buckets with the army of Scouts who spectacularly saved the 2016 Blair Atholl food stocks from flooding to travelling the world, immersing myself in different cultures and meeting the most amazing, inspiring people. All of these experiences will prove key to conveying a positive message about Scouting in Scotland to influential figures in Scottish society. By raising our profile, we can make Scouting a more inclusive and attractive organisation, celebrating our diversity and championing our sense of adventure.Untitled design sized.png

My experience

Within Scouting

ADC Youth Involvement
Young Media Spokesperson trained
Over 200 nights away
2 Jamborettes
Silver DofE Award
Chief Scout Diamond Award
National Youth Advisory Group member
Attended ScotShape and YouShape 2016

Outwith Scouting

Head Boy (Captain) in Secondary school
UKCC Level 1 Hockey Coach
Kayaking enthusiast
Keen Climber
Lead Learner in Local Authority
#iwill campaign UK Ambassador