Posted on 16 May 2017

West Region Scouts has become one of the first in the country to be awarded the new Youth Approved Award from Scouts Scotland.
The Region has gained the Foundation level accreditation, recognising the excellent work taking place to celebrate youth involvement.
Accreditation is open to Groups, Districts, Regions and even national level.
Regional Youth Commissioner Kenan Ingram said: “This is an amazing achievement for West Region given the award was only launched in February. I am so proud at the extensive work that has taken place to ensure that youth involvement is central to Scouting in the region. You can be assured that young people have a proper voice in West Region.”
Regional Commissioner Stephen Allan added: “We have placed great emphasis in the Region on putting youth in the lead in partnership with adults. I am delighted to have seen several positive projects take off over the past 12 months, including engaging on our Network provision.
“Our Regional Youth Advisory Group has met a number of times and features representatives from across our five districts. More hard work is required and we will ensure that is supported every step of the way.”
Patrick West, Scottish HQ Commissioner (Youth Involvement) said: “The Youth Approved Award was created by young people in partnership with adults and will help every section, group, district, and region become truly ‘Youth Shaped’ by completing the activities. I am really excited by this award and I hope it helps leaders across Scotland extract young people’s full potential
“The Award helps to benchmark achievements, identify any areas for improvement and celebrate the great work taking place.”
The Youth Approved Award has four different levels: Foundation, Bronze, Silver, and Gold.
Each level is progressive, so when you complete the requirements for Foundation Level, you move on to Bronze, and so on. Once you have completed your Gold Award, you will have successfully created a Scouting experience that is shaped by young people in partnership with adults – helping achieve the overall vision for Scouting at a national level.
For more information on the Youth Award click here:

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