Great recognition for Scouting in Scotland
As we arrived at Glasgow airport, it was immediately clear that perceptions and myths can be very misleading. We had wrapped up warm for our trip from the far south of Guernsey to Scotland (I know that Glasgow is not the 'far north', honest) only to find not a sign of snow and that it was probably the warmest place in the UK – certainly warmer than home.
Schools recognise Scouting skills
Scouting in Scotland has been busting many other myths in the wider public also and our visit coincided with newspaper headlines following the announcement that Schools in Scotland are to recognise Scouting skills.
This follows some work that Scouts Scotland have been undertaking with the Scottish Qualifications Authority, the impact of which was summed up by the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, who in welcoming the move said, 'One of the big promises of CfE [Curriculum for Excellence] is that it will recognise wider achievement and the Scouting movement is a great place to see this being applied.'
The spokeswoman went on. 'Scouting recognises achievement and leadership in a wide variety of activities – not just in knots and camping – and for many young people provides a great launch-pad for personal development.'
Learning about Robert Burns?
I managed to keep up fairly well with proceedings, although I have to confess that the traditional 'Address to the haggis' was something of a mystery, thankfully to some of our Scottish friends also. The 'Immortal memory', told in the unusual manner of a third person, was very entertaining and enlightening.
Guest speakers included MPs and particularly Jo Swinson, one of the youngest MPs at Westminster and recently appointed PPS to the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, who had also joined in a local troop meeting the evening before.
All to great effect
As well as being a great evening with friends, the Burns Supper, now in its 8th year, raises funds to support the development of Scouting in Scotland and with over £50,000 raised to date it's good to see that the money is clearly being put to good effect with Scouting going from strength to strength.