Group Youth Commissioner
A Group Youth Commissioner works as an equal partner with the Group Commissioner and Area Support Scouter to provide the five pillars of volunteer support to the sections under their care.
The Group Youth Commissioner is meant to help to provide support to both the Group Commissioner and the Area Youth Commissioner by working to help promote and support stronger youth involvement in the section programs. As a member of the Area Youth Commissioner's team they also help to support the communication between the Area and the young people involved in the group.
Group Youth Commissioner Volunteer Position Description
In consultation with the Group Commissioner and Group Committee, the Area Youth Commissioner appoints the Group Youth Commissioner, after advertising to, and seeking candidates from the sections within the group. The Group Youth Commissioner may be reappointed annually, but will not serve more than three (3) years consecutively.
5-10 hours per month in addition to any required meetings.
The Group Youth Commissioner is responsible for ensuring that the program being delivered is the program that youth are requesting. In cooperation with the Area Youth Commissioner and Area Youth Network, the Group Youth Commissioner is responsible for promoting meaningful youth involvement within the group and ensuring that youth initiatives are actively supported and recognized.
The Group Youth Commissioner will ensure that youth are being provided with leadership opportunities at the section level, through avenues such as Keeo, Sixers Council, Kim, Court of Honour, Activity Leader, Venturer Executive, and Scouter-In-Training.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Deliver youth leadership development within the sections by visiting the sections and supporting proper use of Keeo, Sixers Council, Kim, Court of Honour, Activity Leader, Venturer Executive, and Scouter-In-Training.
- Serve as an active, contributing member of the Group Committee.
- Work with the Group Commissioner to provide direct support to section leaders based on the Quality Program Standards.
- With the Group Commissioner, help identify resources needed to promote and deliver Scouting Programs.
- Work to encourage membership growth and retention within the Group.
- Ensure that youth and volunteers are recognized for their contributions.
- Work with the Group Commissioner and the Area Youth Commissioner to set goals and build a personal development plan.
- Ensure that the position is advertised to sections within the group for the incoming Group Youth Commissioner, and that the incumbent receives a proper orientation and transition period.
- Serve as an active, contributing member of the Area Youth Network.
- Support participation in youth training events (e.g. FLEX, FAST, FOCUS, etc…)
- Additional duties as discussed in consultation with the Group Commissioner, and the Area Youth Commissioner.
The Group Youth Commissioner should be enthusiastic, committed, and possess a positive attitude. The Group Youth Commissioner should responsibly have the time available to excel in this role. The Group Youth Commissioner has taken or is willing to take leadership development training.
- Time management
- Scouts Canada’s Programs
- Scouts Canada’s Program Resources
- National Youth Network structure and initiatives
Group Committee References
- Group Committee Handbook
- BP&P SECTION 4000 – APPOINTMENTS/POSITIONS - includes position descriptions
- Group Self Assessment tool
- The Group Committee's Role in the Program Quality Standards
- Scouter Support Playbook
Screening and Training
As with all Scouter/volunteer positions, members of Group Committee must go through the Screening process. This includes completing the full Wood Badge Part I training, including the Group Committee specific modules 2 through 5.