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National Youth Commissioner

Accountable to: Scouts Canada’s Board of Governors.

Shares Responsibilities with: As a member of the National Key 3, shares responsibilities with the National Commissioner and CEO.

Appointment: Appointed annually at Scouts Canada’s Annual General Meeting following a recommendation by the Board’s Nominating Committee in consultation with the National Commissioner, CEO and, for a maximum of three (3) consecutive years.

Time required: 20-30 hours per week

  • 4 Scouts Canada Leadership Team meetings annually; may have additional topic-specific meetings throughout the year
  • 4 formal Board of Governors meetings annually; may have additional topic-specific meetings throughout the year
  • 1 National Conference and Annual General Meeting annually
  • When possible, participation in the Group Commissioner and Group Support Scouter training courses
  • Potential National/International events (e.g. Interamerican Scouting meetings, WOSM meetings)
  • Quarterly service calls
  • Weekly Conference Calls
  • Numerous Phone Calls/E-mails



The National Youth Commissioner is one of two principal volunteers for Scouts Canada (the other being the National Commissioner) and ensures that the youth of Scouts Canada are involved and engaged in every decision that relates to their Scouting experience; advocates for young volunteers throughout the movement; and ensures that youth leadership development opportunities are provided for all youth members.

  • Leads, motivates and inspires Scouts Canada
  • Represents Scouts Canada externally and internally, both nationally and internationally
  • Supports the recruitment and retention efforts of Scouts Canada including our Mission, Vision and Goals
  • Is one of two senior volunteers in a movement
  • Is a youth as defined by Scouts Canada (less than 27 years old as of 1st September 2021)


Duties and Responsibilities

National Key 3

  • Communicate with the National Commissioner and the CEO
  • Provide Leadership, Direction and Vision to Scouts Canada
  • Advocate for the youth of Scouts Canada
  • Work with the Scouts Canada Leadership team to develop strategic and tactical direction for the organization
  • Communicate regularly with Council Key 3 teams
  • Communicate and collaborate with Scouts Canada’s Board of Governors
  • Ensure that every national committee and working group embraces youth involvement
  • Maintain open lines of communication with the membership of Scouts Canada
  • Ensure that the Public Appointment Process is followed for incoming Council Commissioners, Council Youth Commissioners and Functional Commissioners. This includes ensuring incumbents receive a proper orientation and transition
  • Additional duties as discussed in consultation with the National Commissioner and CEO


Ideal Qualifications 

The National Youth Commissioner should be enthusiastic, committed and possess a positive attitude. The National Youth Commissioner should responsibly have the time available to excel in this role. The National Youth Commissioner has taken or is willing to take leadership development training.  

Possesses skills in:

  • Communication (French and/or Spanish is an asset)
  • Effective time management
  • Tolerance to ambiguity
  • Adaptability
  • Planning
  • Teamwork
  • Project Management
  • People Management
  • Leadership
  • Public Speaking
  • Basic IT literacy

Beneficial Knowledge:

  • Scouts Canada’s Programs and Resources
  • By-laws, Policies and Procedures
  • Scouts Canada’s Mission
  • Scouts Canada’s Volunteer Recognition Program
  • Scouts Canada`s current organizational structure

You may submit your name for consideration or recommend others. Each submission must be accompanied by a CV and a written confirmation from the individual acknowledging that they are willing to serve and that they have an understanding of the position. Your CV should summarize your Scouting experience, as well as any educational and/or professional accomplishments that you wish to share. Please also include a brief statement (max 450 words) on why you are applying, what you believe you bring to the role, or what you would most like to achieve if successful. 

All submissions must be sent to Richard Thomas, Chair of the National Nominating Committee ( by May 21, 2021.