Our 2019 Scouts of the Year have been announced!
The Scout of the Year Award is an award to recognise a person or project that has contributed exceptionally to Scouting and the wider community.
This award will be presented at a Twilight Spring Celebration each year to recognise and congratulate those youth members within Scouting who go above and beyond and make a difference in their community.
Scouts across NSW are actively working to contribute to sustainable development. The State Youth Council (SYC) understands that it is integral to support and celebrate youth members who are assisting in the completion of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a way to encourage youth empowerment and advocacy at all levels.
Created by young people, for young people, the Scout of the Year Award was initiated by the NSW SYC as a celebration of youth member’s achievements within scouting and their community. Scout of the Year started out in 2018 as a replica of the Adult Recognition Award, however, SYC has turned a formal recognition into an inspiring and exciting evening event, where the community can come together to empower and celebrate the incredible impacts of young individuals!
Importance of the Award
The Scout of the Year Award has been developed by young people as an opportunity to recognise excellent service to the community through Scouting. The award:
- Congratulates and recognises Youth Members who make a difference in their community and in Scouting;
- Empowers Youth Members to further develop themselves and their community;
- Raises the profile of Scouts NSW as a Youth Leading, Adult Supporting Organisation
- Inspires Youth Members to fulfil the purpose of Scouting: ‘as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities’;
- Energizes Youth Members to become active citizens creating positive change in their communities and in the World
- Raises awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Scouts for SDGs)
- Builds awareness of the Messengers of Peace program.
Scout of the Year Finalists
Excitement is building as the countdown to the Award begins. There are 16 finalists all up and to showcase the extraordinary contribution to community through Scouting, the SYC has put together a snapshot below. We wish all the finalists the best of luck!
Joey/Cub Scout Finalists
Meet our four Joey/Cub Scout finalists and read about their projects;
- Alexi Hunter took a stand against blood cancer, participating in the World’s Greatest Shave to find a cure for Leukaemia and raising over $1600. Small people can do big thing!
- Megan Visser lost her friend to cancer at the age of 8 and so has dedicated herself to fundraising, making and selling candles by donating all the proceeds help fight cancer.
- Lincoln Murrin donated his hair to Hair with Heart for wigs for children with alopecia or cancer and has raised over $4000 for Variety with Children’s Charity for medical equipment.
- Molly Molloy has supported the RRANA, hand-making Joey bags to help rehabilitate orphaned Kangaroo Joeys after understanding the effects of drought on native animals.
Four of our 16 Scout of Year Awards finalists are Scouts, and this is how they have contributed to their communities;
- Joshua Barr organised a Relay for Life project to create awareness and raise money, to support people battling cancer. He learnt new skills during this experience – running a meeting and public speaking – both dramatically boosting his confidence.
- Jacinta Gomez coordinated fundraising for Cupcakes for Kids with Cancers, raising over $10,500 for the John Hunter Children’s Hospital Paediatric Oncology Unit.
- Lily Knowles is a youth helper in the Joey section for the past three years and has tirelessly helped with many region events for the Joeys, demonstrating what a reliable and well-respected member of Scouts she is.
- Aiden Petersen cares for the environment and has repurposed old shirts into shopping bags and collected cans and bottles to show his dedication towards a plastic free environment.
Venturer Scout Finalists
Our Venturer Scout finalists for Scout of the Year Awards 2019 are below;
- Lily Nicoll has a passion for the environment through her local environment team, while also empowering youth through her coordinated NSW You Courses.
- Aimee Savva wanted to bridge the gap and start the conversation between the elderly in aged care and the youth with the help of dogs. Since then there have been many stories told from the past and plenty of smiles.
- Josh Ford has left a lasting legacy in the Kooragang Landcare Group based in Port Stephens, as he looked after the flora and fauna in the area for over a decade and helped restore an Ash Island into the biodiversity hotspot it used to be in the 1800’s.
- Jameson Lyons, through his leadership and dedication through the Rural Fire Service has educated young people to care for the land, learn new skills and apply their knowledge.
Rover Scout Finalists
Here are our Rover Scout finalists for Scout of the Year Awards 2019 with an outline of their contribution to the community and Scouting;
- Jack Millet has helped with working bees, pack up and set down of camps and activities and holds leadership positions from Region to State Level as well as Cataract Scout Park.
- Michael Collins, through his dedication and hard work, has saved a crew from winding up, to become one of the largest Rover crews in the Northern Beaches.
- Henry Wong created a partnership with the Red Cross with the organisation of a blood drive and has improved Lord Mayors Picnic through his proactive involvement.
- Aaron Tomlins is a Scout Leader and an NSW State Transformation Trainer for the New Youth Program. Aaron mentors groups, shares knowledge and helps with transition, and is also the Team Leader for the NYP base at State Rally.
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June: Applications Open
20 August: Applications close and Selection Project Patrol commences deliberations
1 September: Final decisions by the Selection Project Patrol. Winners kept confidential until Awards Night.
5 September: Finalists notified
28 September: Awards Night
26 September – 1 December: Winner nominated for Young Achiever of the Year Award
Sustainable Development Goals Advocate
In the application process, applicants will be asked to allocate a UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to their project/achievement. The 17 SDGs are a world-wide goal framework to reach by 2030. The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) has made a commitment to assist UN in achieving these goals. Scouts NSW believes that engaging society’s youth in the goals is the best way to create positive change.
The Scout of the Year Award will be presented to those applicants that have made a considerable impact on one or more of the SDGs. However, the applicant did not need to recognise this link with the SDG when the project/achievement was being completed. Successful applicants will become SDG Advocates for Scouts NSW and assist in spreading the message.