Dear Editor,

This time last year I was in Rio winning my second Olympic Gold medal. This year I’m taking on a new challenge, I’m volunteering with The Scout Association as a Scout Ambassador.

In Peterstow, there are dozens of Scouts who are spending the summer having adventures and learning new skills. We have challenged Scouts in Peterstow to learn 50 new skills over the summer holiday. But we think every child in the UK should have a go too. The skills they learn this summer may well help them save a life, get a job in years to come or maybe go on to become an Olympic Champion!

The Scouts in Peterstow are doing amazing things, but none of it would be possible without our amazing team of volunteers.

Some of the most influential people in my whole childhood were my Scout leaders, who I’m still in touch with now.

In Scouting, young people develop independence, resilience and initiative - in short, essential life skills, employability skills and practical skills that will help them enjoy a brighter future.

To take on the challenge yourself visit

Emily Batchelor

The Scout Association