Scouts Canada Youth Spokesperson Program
Since 2010, the Scouts Canada Youth Spokesperson Program has been allowing youth members to have firsthand experiences in media relations, public speaking, communications, graphic design and video production. Youth that participate in the program are offered a unique experience within Scouting that allows them to act as advocates for Scouting and other Scouting youth within their community. Throughout the year, Youth Spokespeople (YSPs) participate in various Scouts Canada campaigns that gets them involved with their local community, Scout Groups and media.
Scouts Canada Spokespeople are offered training at the beginning of their two-year term and are offered a variety of opportunities throughout each year that builds upon their leadership, communications and professional skills. The program also allows them to express themselves!
The program provides youth with real-world experiences that contribute to their academic and professional careers. It allows youth to build upon their resumes, university applications, and gather community service hours.
YSP's in Action
Check out some of our Youth Spokespeople in Action
Junior Youth Spokesperson Program
The Junior Youth Spokesperson (YSP) Program allows Beavers and Cubs to play a supporting role in media stories and interviews about Scouts Canada. Mentored by older Scouts in the YSP program, Junior YSPs learn valuable communication, public speaking, leadership and teamwork skills.
Examples of a Junior YSP’s participation could include helping to build a campfire or set up a tent during a morning television interview or talking about Scout Popcorn in a newsroom. Junior YSPs may also receive invitations to attend public or Scouts Canada events, where they’ll share their experiences in Scouting, assist with activity demonstrations, and most importantly, have fun!
Scouts Canada is looking for outgoing and enthusiastic youth between the ages of 5–10 (Beavers and Cubs) in major media markets like Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto/GTA, Ottawa, Montreal, St. Johns or Halifax. But if you don’t live in these markets, we still want to hear from you for any local opportunities that may arise.
Applications for the 2018-2019 Scouting year are now closed.
Once Junior YSPs reach the age of 11, they can be considered for the YSP program, where Scouts take a lead role in representing Scouts Canada through speaking opportunities, media interviews, writing articles about Scouting and related topics, promoting Scouts Canada through social media and more.