The State Youth Council (SYC) is a multi-sectional council comprised of members aged 13-25 from every Region in NSW and with varying degrees of knowledge about the Scouting sections. It is an autonomous council with a purpose of rolling out projects for all scouting sections while representing the needs and interests of youth members.
Congratulations to our 2021 SYC cohort!
We are super excited to announce our 2021 SYC new members! The SYC selection panel were incredibly impressed by the calibre of applicants and we can't wait to see what our council can achieve together!
SYC Current Initiatives
The State Youth Council is currently working on projects that assist with Scouting and the wider community. Read about each Project Patrol summary below.
State Youth Council
Intending to assist the regeneration and recovery of the recent bushfire season, this Project Patrol is focusing on animal pouches for koalas, possums, wallabies and kangaroos. Alongside funding from Scouts NSW, the Project Patrol will create, film and promote the production process to Units and how they can participate in making the different animal pouches and sizes for injured wildlife using knitting and sewing skills.
In light of COVID-19, this Project Patrol has been working on programs which Groups can implement in their virtual Scouting nights. These programs incorporate various activities such as cooking, trivia, fitness and scavenger hunting which are versatile to all Sections and allow Scouts to still challenge and grow themselves.
With working alongside the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), this Project Patrol is creating a library of resources for Units to access that include the goals outline and programmed activities that exist through other outlets. This will assist Units in the creation and completion of SDG projects at a local level. Also, the project patrol is creating a document to provide information that guides Units through idea generation, planning, implementation and evaluation of an SDG project.
This Project Patrol works the ‘behind the scenes’ process of the SYC’s initiative ‘Scout of the Year Awards’. This involves fully coordinating and organising the yearly event from the early stages of application and advertising to the big announcements on presentation day. The Project Patrol works hard all year to prepare and fine tune all aspects of the award ceremony.
To learn more about the Scout of the Year Awards, click here.
This team works alongside the other Project Patrols to publish content and other requested materials to efficiently market, collaborate and create these posts. To increase consistency in SYC’s social media posts, this team has been designing and advertising posts about the past ‘Scout of the Year’ finalists and their project updates, which lead up to the marketing of this year’s applications and event. Also, the team has been working on ‘Get To Know Your Youth Council’ posts to increase the awareness of the SYC and its members.
Already Scouts around the world have contributed more than one billion hours towards sustainable development through initiatives under the Better World Framework. Now imagine the impact of 50 million Scouts working as active citizens to leave this world a little better than we found it – that’s the power of Scouts for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The State Youth Council has developed an online hub of SDG-related resources, educational tools and activities to support Scouts across New South Wales to engage with the SDGs and find creative ways to align this important work with their activities! Click here to learn more about Sustainable Development Goals and to view these resources.
Frequently Asked Questions
State Youth Council FAQ
SYC members meet online every month and in person twice a year.
To join the SYC you must be between 13 and 25 years of age.
The appointment of a State Youth Council member is two years.
The State Youth Council is comprised of members from every region in NSW. Find your region’s representatives in the table below.
|Greater Western Sydney||Finnianfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hunter and Coastal||Baileyemail@example.com|
|South Coast and Tablelands||Megfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Southern Metropolitan||Lily Kemail@example.com|
Do you have a project idea that SYC could help out with? Do you want to get in contact with your local representatives? Want to have a chat about how to run a youth forum at your unit? Get in contact with us:
Meg Cummins, Assistant Chief Commissioner (Youth Engagement) at Meg.Cummins@nsw.scouts.com.au
Youth Forum in a Box
The SYC has prepared 'Youth Forum in a Box', a guide to youth forums for all Scout Groups, Regions and major events and camps. Click here to download this valuable resource.
Youth Opportunities Monthly Newsletter
Do you want to keep up to date with the awesome opportunities available to our youth members in Scouting and our community throughout NSW? Have you got a fantastic opportunity that you want to share!? Well we have good news! Click on this link to sign up for our monthly Youth Opportunity Emails and never miss out again! You can also use this link to let us know what’s happening near you!