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Youth Commissioners

Youth Commissioners support volunteers to make sure that young people shape their programme, influence decisions, and take the lead.

What do Youth Commissioners do?

Youth Commissioners are volunteers responsible for driving youth shaped Scouts in their local area. They’re aged between 18 and 25 when they’re appointed.

Youth Commissioners support volunteers to embed young people’s ideas and decisions into local Scouts. They play a key role in the leadership and management of their District, County, or Area.

District Youth Commissioners

District Youth Commissioners support volunteers in their District (including Section Leaders, Group Scout Leaders, Assistant District Commissioners, and District Explorer Scout Commissioners), helping them to understand the importance of being youth shaped and put it into practice.

District Youth Commissioners can:

  • Support volunteers to put the views and ideas of young people at the heart of their section’s programme.
  • Promote participation in the YouShape award and top awards.
  • Help to make sure that young people get regular opportunities to take the lead, including promoting peer leadership and the Young Leaders’ Scheme.
  • Inspire and motivate young people in the District and make sure they know about all the different opportunities available to them in Scouts, including what they can do when they turn 18.
  • Influence decisions that are made in the District as a member of the District Executive Committee, making sure that young people are at the heart of decisions.

Download an example role description for a District Youth Commissioner.

County Youth Commissioners

County Youth Commissioners support volunteers in their County (including District Teams, District Youth Commissioners, and Assistant County Commissioners) to make sure that the County’s activity is informed by young people’s ideas and feedback.

County Youth Commissioners can:

  • Help to make sure that the County programme is shaped by young people.
  • Create opportunities for young people to provide feedback (often through a County Youth Forum).
  • Promote the YouShape award and top awards.
  • Support the District Youth Commissioners in their County, bringing them together to support each other, share ideas, and work towards a shared vision.
  • Inspire and motivate young people in the County and make sure they know about all the different opportunities available to them in Scouts, including what they can do when they turn 18.
  • Influence decisions that are made in the County as a member of the County Executive Committee, making sure that young people are at the heart of decisions.

Download an example role description for a County Youth Commissioner.

UK Youth Commissioner team

The UK Youth Commissioner and team are here to help.

  • Ollie Wood is the UK Youth Commissioner – Email Ollie
  • Alex Harvey is the Deputy UK Youth Commissioner (People) – Email Alex
  • Ollie Smith is the Deputy UK Youth Commissioner (Programme) – Email Ollie