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Apply to the Youth Spokesperson Program

Applications Due September 18, 2017

Scouts Canada is looking for outgoing youth members between the ages of 11-26 (Scouts to Rovers) that want to share their Scouting Adventures with the media and wider Scouting community. If you are a personable, friendly youth member that likes to shine in the spotlight or write compelling stories behind the scenes, then you should apply to the Youth Spokesperson program.
 
As a Scouts Canada Youth Spokesperson (YSP) you will get the opportunity to not only participate in media interviews, but also write articles for Scouts Canada’s various publications, pitch stories to national news outlets, give presentations to your local council, or join in the conversation online with social media.
 
 

What will you gain from the program? 

Members of the Youth Spokesperson Program will gain valuable knowledge and experience in media production. This is a great opportunity for those members interested in journalism, media production, film, writing, graphic design, media relations, advocacy and photography to gain real-world experience in their potential future fields. 
 
All new members are required to attend media training at the beginning of the Scouting Year, where they will receive hands-on training by experienced media professionals. Location for the 2017-18 to be determined.
 

What does a Youth Spokesperson do? 

  • Media interviews: television, radio, print;
  • Media support at local events;
  • Contributes to Scouts Canada publications through writing, photography or video;
  • Acts as talent in Scouts Canada video production (film experience!)
  • Acts as emcee at Scouting events;
  • Gives presentations to local councils on key topics
  • Assists with social media campaigns for Scouting events i.e. Good Turn Week, Scout Popcorn
  • Most importantly, YSPs HAVE FUN!
 

Application Criteria

  • Be an active, registered Scout, Venturer Scout or Rover Scout between the ages of 11-26;
  • Have excellent communication skills in English or French;
  • Ability to learn and articulate Scouts Canada key messages on a wide variety of topics (i.e. Good Turn Week and Scout Popcorn);
  • Work with their local Councils to help communicate key messages to other Scouting youth and Scouters;
  • Commit to a two-year term that is renewable upon reapplication;
  • Be available for monthly conference calls (no long-distance fees will be incurred);
  • Engage media in their local Area and respond when called upon to act as a Scouts Canada official Youth Spokesperson;
  • Assist with the production of content for newsletters, websites, social media outlets, and pitch stories to local media;
  • Visibly participate in Scouts Canada social media campaigns and engage audiences;
  • Be active on Facebook or willing to join;
  • Act as advocates for Scouts Canada’s new program, The Canadian Path;
  • Be available for media training during November 2017 and willing to travel alone to destination; (Transportation, food, and accommodations will be provided) Note: training will be provided in English.
 

Things we are on the lookout for …

  • Social media savvy;
  • Youth that can write great stories;
  • Youth that love producing and editing their own videos;
  • Friendly youth that like to make new friends and have FUN! 
 

Application requirements

Please note applications without all of the below requirements will not be accepted.
 
  • Completed Application Form
  • Current Resume
  • Recent jpeg photo of yourself
  • Short video (no more than two minutes) telling us why you want to be a YSP (Mandatory) 
  • A short one-page essay about why you love Scouting
Download the Application Form (PDF)
 
Submit your applications to ysp@scouts.ca.
 

Important Application Dates

August 1, 2017 Applications open
September 18, 2017 Applications due
   
 
 

Scouts Canada, the country’s leading youth organization, offers challenging programs for boys, girls and youth age 5-26 in thousands of individual groups in most cities and towns across Canada.

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