Politician learns skills at Scout camp

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John Swinney visited one of Scouts Scotland’s National Activity Centres at Meggernie

7th August 2017 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

One of Scotland's top politicians has been experiencing life as a Scout.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney visited one of Scouts Scotland’s National Activity Centres at Meggernie in rural Perthshire last week.

Swinney met Scouts from across the UK enjoying outdoor learning at the centre and was taught camping and survival skills during his stay.

Scouts Scotland is the country’s largest co-educational youth charity with more than 100 years of delivering outdoor learning for young people, with centres at Meggernie, Lochgoilhead and Fordell Firs.

Swinney said: “I want to see every child in Scotland get the best start in life and fulfil their potential. Youth work organisations such as Scouts Scotland make a valuable contribution to improving the life chances of young people by giving them the skills they need. 

“I have really enjoyed being able to see first-hand some of the fantastic outdoor learning opportunities offered here at Meggernie Outdoor Centre.”

Robyn Colthard, a 12-year-old Scout from Carluke said: “On this camp we’ve learned so much already. It’s not just the skills we’ve picked up but it’s working together to make things happen that makes this experience really special. Some of the activities we’ve done are really tough, but when you achieve them you feel so proud.”

The organisation helps provide nearly 40,000 young people in Scotland with the chance to learn outdoors every year.

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