MSPs go 'Wild in the Park' to celebrate outdoor learning

The John Muir Trust joined 30 other youth organisations on the 18th June to share and celebrate outdoor youth work at Scotland’s first outdo

The John Muir Trust joined 30 other youth organisations on the 18th June to share and celebrate outdoor youth work at Scotland’s first outdoor parliamentary reception event.

Hosted by YouthLink Scotland, ‘Wild in the Park’ was about raising the awareness and profile of how outdoor learning contributes to youth work.

Aileen Campbell MSP opens Wild in the ParkOver 40 MSPs turned out to give their support to youth work in the great outdoors and have a go at a host of activities including fire lighting, seed bombing, mountain biking and racing against young people to erect tents! The official reception being opened formally by the Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell MSP (pictured).

The John Muir Trust supports a youth work approach to outdoor learning through managing the John Muir Award – a nationally recognised environmental award scheme.

Over 12,000 people aged 10-24 achieve their John Muir Award in Scotland each year. These are delivered through partnerships with youth organisations, schools and colleges, outdoor centres and charities.

Chief Scout and wild man, Bear Grylls sent his support for the event and said it would be a fantastic showcase for wild learning:
“The skills that young people learn outdoors should not be underestimated. Getting outdoors, getting active and having fun doing it is so important for teaching young people essential life skills.”

Wild in the Park logoJim Sweeney, CEO of YouthLink Scotland, who hosted ‘Wild in the Park’, said wild learning was a rite of passage for the younger generation:
“Outdoor learning has something for everyone so let’s encourage our young people to GO WILD and get involved in the great outdoors.”

Kezia Dugdale Labour MSP for the Lothians, who attended the event commented:
“Everyone’s fondest memories of their childhood involve running around outside with pals, climbing things, and getting muddy. It’s an important part of learning and development, so I’m delighted to see YouthLink Scotland and partners involved in ‘Wild in the Park’ encourage and support outdoor learning for young people.”


33 youth organisations attended including:
Service Cadet Organisations; DofE Scotland; Scouts Scotland; Historic Scotland; Education Scotland; The Boys’ Brigade; Scottish Outdoor Education Centres; Ocean Youth Trust; The Outward Bound Trust; Venture Scotland; Iona Community; The Conservation Volunteers; Keep Scotland Beautiful; The John Muir Award; The National Trust for Scotland; South Ayrshire Council; Perth and Kinross Council; The Yard; Scottish Youth Hostelling Association; Scripture Union Scotland; Woodcraft Folk; Callander Youth Project; The Green Team; Youth Scotland; Stramash; Pict by Nature; St Andrew’s First Aid; The Prince’s Trust; Girlguiding Scotland and Scottish Youth Parliament.
- YouthLink Scotland is the national agency for youth work. It is the voice of the youth work sector in Scotland.
- The John Muir Award encourages people to enjoy, connect with and care for wild plac