Young people step up to the challenge of the John Muir Award
Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell, met young people as they were undertaking a challenge for their John Muir Award. The John Muir Award is one of 13 new youth work Strategic Funding Partnerships established by the Scottish Government.
The young people from Edinburgh College (one of the John Muir Award partners), walked the full length of the Water of Leith as part of the College’s summer programme. The idea of the walk is to represent the 1000 miles between Indiana and Florida that John Muir walked in 1867 when he chose the “wildest, leafiest and least trodden way I could find”.
The Minister joined the young people for part of the walk where they also took photographs for Young Scot’s Year of Natural Scotland Photo Challenge.
In doing the Water of Leith walk, Edinburgh College, in partnership with the John Muir Award, aims to increase the young people’s awareness of wildness and nature and build confidence, self-esteem, team working skills and a feeling of achievement.
Ms Campbell said: “This Government is doing all it can to make Scotland the best place to grow up. That’s why we are investing in organisations across the country that are working with young people, especially those from vulnerable backgrounds, and supporting them to move into further education, training and employment.
“It was a pleasure to spend a morning with young people who are benefiting from the John Muir Award, helping them to learn more about the natural environment while also building their confidence, capacity and skills. I wish all of them well with their studies.”