Scout of the Year Award

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.

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’
  • 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

The following criteria are suggested as a guide to the standard of community involvement that warrants the awarding of the Scout of the Year Award and will be used by the Selection Project Patrol to make their decision.

Criteria:

  • The applicant must be a current youth member of Scouts NSW;
  • The applicant must have shown great initiative in their achievement, to a point over and above the developmental level that would be expected in their age section;
  • The applicant’s achievement must have had a significant positive impact on Scouting and/or the wider community;
  • The achievement must be initiated in the Scout Movement, but can be continued outside of Scouting;
  • The applicant must have upheld elements of the Scout Promise and Law during their achievement;
  • The applicant must have gone above and beyond their own personal abilities and have shown great personal growth and development throughout the achievement; and
  • The applicant can only receive the Award once per Section (a maximum of 5 total).

The award process will remain, at all times, strictly confidential. No communication will be made to nominees until a final decision on the outcome of their nomination has been made.

If the award is not to be granted, the person who proposed the nomination will be notified in writing or another suitable medium directly by Chair of the State Youth Council. If deemed appropriate by the Selection Project Patrol, this letter may include reasons why the award was not granted and any aspects that may lead to a changed decision in the future.

For successful nominees, finalists will receive an invitation to the ceremony following the assessment of applications at the beginning of September.  The scout titled “Scout of the Year” will be kept confidential until the award ceremony.

 

The decision of those to present the Scout of the Year Award will be made by a Project Patrol of the following members:

  1. A 5-person assessment team (youth members) with varying degrees of knowledge about the age sections, the Fundamentals of Scouting and the Achievement Pathways (and the current Award Schemes while they still exist during the New Youth Program Implementation period); and
  2. 2 Executive members of the State Youth Council.

This Project Patrol will be advised by the State Commissioner (Youth Empowerment) and the Deputy Chief Commissioner (Youth).

Awardees will receive a formal invitation outlining the details of the Awards Night and a note of congratulations from the NSW Chief Commissioner.

A Scout of The Year Certificate and a Trophy/Medal will be presented alongside a camp blanket badge, and a Scouts NSW name badge to indicate they were the Scout of the Year for their respective section.

 

The Award will be presented by a young person, i.e. State Commissioner (Youth Empowerment), Deputy Chief Commissioner (Youth) and/or State Youth Council Chair.

If you still have questions, please email SC.YE@nsw.scouts.com.au.

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!

Timeline

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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