Scout of the Year Award

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.

Scout Finalists

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.

 

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 an approved event badge that can be worn on their uniform for 12 months, 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.

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Timeline

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.