District Youth Commissioners

District Youth Commissioners

Local Youth Commissioners bring a huge number of benefits to local Scouting and help lead the work towards our Youth Shaped strategic objective. They are not the end product of the strategy; they are an enabler and champion for the Youth Shaped work locally.The role is to ensure that young people from 6 – 25 years are involved and engaged in every decision that shapes their Scouting experience locally and to empower young people to share their ideas and have a meaningful voice in planning, implementing and reviewing their programme and opportunities. Youth Commissioners work very closely with their relevant District Commissioner and Chair.

Sean Mulligan – District Youth Commissioner
Daniel Thirlaway – Deputy District Youth Commissioner
Chris Selby – Deputy District Youth Commissioner

Tynemouth District have recently appointed their first youth commissioner team. The District Youth Commissioner is Sean Mulligan who is an Assistant Beaver Leader . Sean has been involved in Scouting since the age of 6. The rest of the team consists of Chris Selby and Daniel Thirlaway who are deputies. Chris is an Assistant Cub Leader from 5th Tynemouth Scout Group. Chris has been involved in Scouting since the age of 9. Daniel is a Cub Leader from 13th Tynemouth Scout Group. Daniel has been involved in Scouting since the age of 6. We aim to make Tynemouth Youth Shaped by having our aims to achieve over our tenure as Tynemouth District Youth Commissioner Team.

The more young people are involved in shaping their Scouting experiences the more they will get out of it, and the more likely they are to stay, do well and achieve their top awards. 

Our new strategy; Skills for Life lays out a plan for the next five years to 2023 so that we can support even more adults and young people as we develop Scouting’s future together. With this plan we’re building on the successes of our last plan Scouting for all, by continuing to focus on growth, inclusion, youth shaped Scouting and community impact.

Involving young people in decision making is essential for our governance structures to stay informed and responsive to the fast-paced changes facing young people in the 21st Century. By encouraging a mixture of experiences and ages on our executive committees and District/County teams, we are more likely to encourage healthy debate and make better decisions which are relevant to the lives of young people in today’s society.

There are four themes of youth shaped Scouting:
•    Programme
•    Leadership (Including transition at 18 years)
•    Management 
•    Governance

Tynemouth District Youth Commissioner Team has its own strategic plan to work towards along with the District and National plan using the four themes above:


  • Youth forums to take place at District level and outputs are actioned by young people in partnership with adults
  • Young people take part in decision making for their section and Group on badges, activities and residential experiences


  • More Young Leaders in Groups, supporting the delivery of Scouting
  • More young people continue Scouting when they reach 18 years old, as Network members, Section Leaders and managers in Scouting


  • An active and engaged District Youth Commissioner
  • Quality mentoring and coaching opportunities for young people in management roles


  • Active and engaged 18-24 year olds on group executive committees including the Youth Commissioner to share the views of young people. Each group to have at least two 18-24 year olds on their executive committee
  • Under 18s in Tynemouth District are actively engaged with decisions which directly affect their Scouting experiences

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