Scout of the Year Award

2021 Scout of the Year Finalists & Winners

On the 26th February 2022 we celebrated all of our finalists and announced our Scout of the Year winners for 2021. The winners were:

  • Joey Scout winner - Kaysanne Lockman
  • Cub Scout winner - Jayden Savage
  • Scout winner - Tynielle Gomez
  • Venturer Scout winner - Thomas Furness
  • Rover Scout winner - Taya Bates

Our people's choice winner was Benjamin Caughey!

Read on to learn more about each of our winners and finalists projects.

Joey Scout of the Year Finalists

Kaysanne Lockman (Winner)

Kaysanne spent over 20 hours skipping and rallied her community to raise $514 for Jump Rope for Heart. Kaysanne also raised awareness of heart disease in memory of her Granddad, who she lost when she was only 9 months old. She will continue to raise awareness and funds for the Heart Foundation, as her hope is that no one has to lose their loved ones to heart disease and experience the loss that she (and her family) feels of losing her Granddad so young.

Charlotte Franzen

When disaster struck the South Coast of NSW with the January 2020 Bushfires, Charlotte was quick to support her community who had to evacuate their homes. For 12 months, she cared for 8 chickens who had to be left behind in addition to her own 4 chickens and brought light and hope during a time of darkness in her community.

Savannah Day

Savannah rallied her local Scout Group and district Joey Scouts to collect and distribute food for families in her community who were struggling during COVID.

Cub Scout of the Year Finalists

Liana Sherry

Liana heard how Variety - A Children's Charity raise money and make wigs for sick children through Hair with Heart, Liana made a decision to donate her hair and raise money for this cause. Liana had long blonde hair and managed to raise over $600 for Variety by cutting off 14 inches of hair.

Jayden Savage (Winner)

Jayden organised two events to clean up his local environment, he brought his Scout Group along to weed Mt Keira Scout Camp and clean up rubbish around his community.

Poppy Brown

Poppy created a set of 36 wood inlayed dominos for her school so younger and older students could play and learn together.

Scout of the Year Finalists

Tynielle Gomez (Winner)

Tynielle raised funds for Camp Quality over three years, by tie-dying socks to sell at events like the 1000k for Kids Ride. In 2020 she navigated COVID restrictions to organise a circus 'fun day', making 100 pairs of socks to sell, and to educate district Scouts and the wider community about the good work of Camp Quality.

Coralie Smith

Coralie enlisted the assistance of her fellow Scouts, school and greater community to donate mountains of winter jackets and clothing to the local Homeless Shelter. Coralie then spent hours putting the donations into packs and worked with the shelter to deliver them to the clients.

Gabrielle Parsons

Gabrielle used her own personal experience to advocate for positive body image, she featured in a book for pre-teens who show them that they are beautiful no matter what.

Cassidy Nguyen

During lockdown, Cassi brought together her fellow Cub Scouts and Scouts to successfully sew 356 joey pouches. Cassie then worked with Sydney Wildlife Rescue and WIRES to distribute the pouches to many carers across the state.

Venturer Scout of the Year Finalists

Gerald Selvaraj

After his close mentor within the Scouting community passed away, Gerald organised a Cancer Awareness Day with Cancer Council at his school and shaved his head alongside 7 of his peers joining the cause, raising money for Cancer Research. Gerald also spoke to over 200 people at several events, raising much needed awareness for Cancer Council.

Ashleigh Southam

Ashleigh has a talent for bringing people together to create change. She has organised Clean Up Australia Day, is a Bushcare volunteer, a mentor to new students who have non-english speaking backgrounds and is a member of the First Aid team during Relay for Life just to name a few.

Thomas (TJ) Furness (Winner)

TJ has a passion for improving the community through science and technology, he designed and constructed a “Hydroponic Sustainable Garden” to educate and engage his Scout Group in the importance of sustainable gardening.

Benjamin Caughey

As both a NSW and National Rural Youth Ambassador, and a member of the NSW Regional Youth Taskforce, Ben has applied the skills he learnt in Scouting to confidently advocate for improved health and education outcomes for rural youth.

Rover Scout of the Year Finalists

Grace Mitchell

As the State Rover Commissioner, Grace has played a crucial role in redefining the culture that surrounds the NSW Rover Scout Council. Through countless emails, meetings and online video conferences at a state and national level, Grace has been able to give the Rover Scouts of NSW a voice. She has utilised her skills as a Mental Health First Aider to ensure that our Rover Scouts have felt heard and understood and truly made the council a place where Rover Scouts can speak about their issues or passions freely.

Amylee Robertson

Amylee taught speech pathology in a Vietnamese school and created posters for normal development markers of children in Vietnam. These have been circulated around communities educating local teachers how to diagnose and treat early issues.

Taya Bates (Winner)

Taya has been volunteering as a Young Consultant with the CREATE Foundation since early 2020, advocating to increase the support for children and young people in the foster care system. They have worked with groups of young people and case workers, sharing personal experiences, and representing their voices in the media, general public, and to members of parliament.

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

Scout of the Year Award

If you still have questions, please email [email protected].

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
  2. 2 Executive members of the State Youth Council.

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

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

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 Glass Trophy 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 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.


  • 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).

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:

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!


14 July: Applications Open

8 September: Applications close and Selection Project Patrol commences deliberations

13 September: Final decisions by the Selection Project Patrol. Winners kept confidential until Awards Night.

25 September: Finalists notified

26 February 2022: Awards celebration - Sydney

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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