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.
Nominate Yourself or Someone Else
The person nominated for the Award must be a current youth member of Scouts NSW (Joey Scout, Cub Scout, Scout, Venturer Scout or Rover Scout). The community involvement may be at a Local, Regional, State or National Level. Nominations may be proposed by the individual, or another person. Nominations must be marked private. The winner of each Section category will have their nomination forwarded to the NSW/ACT Young Achievers Award.
Nominations should be made using the Scout of the Year Award Nomination Form contained below issued through the State Youth Council. Nominations must be completed and submitted by the 20 August. Nominations after this date will be considered in the following year.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.