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Methlick troops are Youth Approved

By Kirsty Brown

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Methlick Scout group have been one of the first in Scotland to receive a new award from Scouts Scotland.

Scouts Scotland created the Youth Approved Award as a means of showing their member-centric approach and to help young members understand their importance to the organisation.

Designed by young people to celebrate young people, the award was designed to support members of all ages to have a meaningful involvement in the movement and to help leadership teams benchmark their achievements and recognise the great work that they are doing with young people.

Methlick's Youth Approved Award.
Methlick's Youth Approved Award.

To date the award is available in Foundation, Bronze and Silver levels with a Gold award set to be released in the future.

In order to achieve each level of the Youth Approved Award the troops need to meet various criteria, which include communication, group structure, programme planning and the delivery of activities.

Although traditional Scouting activities have been brought to a halt by the coronavirus pandemic, there was a little glimmer of light for Methlick Scouts when they found out that they were only the second group to achieve the Silver Youth Approved Award.

Group leader Keith Hewitt said: "We're really chuffed.

"Much like our young people work through their different awards, this is something for the group to work on together.

"The award shows that young people are consulted and know that they matter."

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