Emma Rattray, 16, was one of two Girlguiding Scotland Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs).
She was elected to the parliament, which exists to give young people a voice on issues they care about, by our youth forum, also known as Polaris (which is currently undergoing a name change). She championed young people’s voices to decision-makers during her two-year term of office.
Emma, a ballet, yoga and running enthusiast, started off in Girlguiding Scotland as a Rainbow and has stuck with it ever since. She’s now a member of The Senior Section and a Rainbow leader in Clackmannanshire – and says she can’t imagine life without guiding!
“Being a part of Girlguiding Scotland has given me access to so many amazing opportunities, as well as the chance to meet people from all over the country.
“Since joining Rainbows at the age of five, my confidence and social skills have only grown with me as I’ve grown older.
“I have grown up with guiding as a huge part of my life and I can’t even imagine a world without it!”
So what’s been the highlight?
“My favourite guiding memory is attending Girlguiding’s leadership event Camp CEO.
“I met a bunch of awesome people, some of whom of whom I still keep in contact with today, and learnt great skills such as speed networking, mental toughness, public speaking and using social media.
“We also got the chance to work one-to-one with a female CEO, who helped us think about our careers in the future, and try out teambuilding activities like off-road 4×4 driving and quad biking.”