About Scout of the Year
The Scout of the Year Award celebrates youth members in Scouting who have contributed exceptionally to Scouting and made a difference in their wider community.
Initiated by the NSW State Youth Council and developed by young people for young people, the award recognises the work youth members are doing to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and encourages youth empowerment and advocacy at all levels.
- 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’
- Energises 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.
The award is presented at a Twilight Spring Celebration each year - an inspiring and exciting event that brings the community together to celebrate the incredible impact of young people in Scouting.
Frequently Asked Questions
2020 Scout of the Year
A massive congratulations to all of our Scout of the Year Finalists and winners! We absolutely loved sharing your stories at our Scout of the Year Presentation! If you missed the 2020 ceremony, you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/kw2OAUIHZL8
We are so proud to announce our winners:
Cub Scout of the Year - Emma Ouyang
Emma used her own pocked money and busked to raise $1600 for RFS and the Koala hospital after the recent bush fires.
Scout of the Year - Katelyn Cleary
Katelyn designed and sold 800 COVID-19 themed badges, raising over $2,500 for front line workers.
Venturer Scout of the Year - Luke Meyers
Luke spent almost 100 hours of his Christmas holiday period actively fighting the Werri Berri and Badja Forest Road fires whilst regularly checked on the welfare of other members of 1st Cobargo Scout Group when they were evacuated from their homes.
Rover Scout of the Year - Lachlan Page
Lachie uses his role on the Regional Youth Taskforce representing the Shoalhaven region and his voice to help address youth issues and develop working solutions that are implemented into the community to make change happen for all young people in the region.
Our Past Finalists
Have a look through this map to learn about how our Joeys, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers are changing the world!
You can filter the finalists by Section to learn what other Scouts in your Section are up to across the State and check out which Sustainable Development Goal they are working towards!
This map shows that no matter your age or where you live, you can made a difference in your own community. We hope our finalists inspire you as much as they inspire us.
Inspired and want to start your own project?
All of the projects that our Scout of the Year Finalists complete are eligible to be Messengers of Peace projects and Scouts for SDGs projects! This is a way for Scouts internationally to keep track of the impact that our 54 million Scouts across the world make on their communities. If you want to make your own difference on your community and are inspired by our Scout of the Year Finalists, hop onto the Messengers of Peace and Scout for SDGs webpages and find out just how easy it is to run or participate in a project of your own! Don’t forget to log your project to show the world just how awesome our Scouts across NSW are!
If you want to get your home unit involved in the SDGs, check out our resource for running youth forums, this will help you engage with fellow youth members and inspire your group to make a difference!
Messengers of Peace
Scouts do some amazing things, from simple community actions to large-scale projects such as preventing bullying in schools in the UK, helping street gangs in El Salvador to reduce violence, cleaning up a playground in Texas, and planting millions of trees all over Africa.
Throughout its history, Scouting has inspired its millions of members to make a difference – applying their leadership to creating a better world. Messengers of Peace is a World Scouting Initiative, which encourages Scouts to do community service and tell the story of their experience in order to inspire others to action.
Australian Scouts just like you have already spent over 2.4 million hours on 482 projects across the country! Now is your chance to run your own project! Next time you work towards a special interest badge like Creating a Better World or the Environment, make sure you log the difference you are making in your community as a Messengers of Peace Project!
For more info and to log your own project, check out this website!
Scouts for SDGs
Did you know that Scouts is making the world’s largest coordinated youth contribution to the SDGs? Young people around the world are transforming their communities by taking action for peace and sustainability.
If you are starting a special interest badge, why not work towards the Creating a Better World or Environment badge? Start by looking at the Sustainable Development Goals and doing some research into an issue that you are passionate about!
We know that there is so much information available on the SDGs which makes it hard to work out where to start looking! Don’t worry, the SYC has you covered! We have developed a library of resources that will send you in the right direction, all you need to do is click here!
Once you have run a project that works towards the SDGs, make sure you log it here! You will join over 54 million young people around the world who have run over 16 million projects that help change the world!
24 June: Applications Open
1 September: Applications close and Selection Project Patrol commences deliberations
15 September: Final decisions by the Selection Project Patrol. Winners kept confidential until Awards Night.
20 September: Finalists notified
7 November: Awards Night
26 September – 1 December: Winner nominated for Young Achiever of the Year Award
Sustainable Development Goals
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.
Scout of the Year in the Media
News of our Scout of the Year winners and finalists sure travels around fast! Below are links to media articles about our amazing youth members.
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