RECENT moves by some schools in Scotland to recognise Scouting skills is to be welcomed.
The case for schools recognising the wider achievement of pupils is a strong and very much-needed one. Areas such as developing leadership, encouraging responsible citizenship and enhancing a wide range of skills are promoted not only by the Scouts, but also by the other main uniformed youth organisations – the Boys’ Brigade, Girlguiding and The Girls’ Brigade.
Whether it be the experience of outdoor pursuits, working towards the Queen’s Badge and DofE award or helping with activities for younger sections, the programmes offered in organisations like the Boys’ Brigade not only fit the new curriculum but actually are key to delivering outcomes. In many cases, members actually use their volunteering within schools as part of their work towards their BB awards.
This example of joint work between schools and the volunteer-led youth work sector is positive and will benefit the children and young people in these organisations. Hopefully, this will encourage even more schools and local authorities to reach out to these groups in future.
Niall Rolland, Boys’ Brigade Scotland