Message from Chief Commissioner – May 2017

National Volunteer Week 08-14 May 2017

It’s National Volunteer Week, and I am proud to be part of such a wonderful organisation that is made up of thousands of volunteer Leaders and Supporters who teach the value of volunteering to our youth members. My travels across the length and breadth of our State remind me of the amazing contribution you each make. I want to thank you for the contribution you make each day, each week, and each year to the young people of NSW. You are each an inspiration to me! While I know the reason our Leaders and Supporters are involved in Scouting is to support young people, it is also important to understand the contribution made to the NSW community. The time you give is valuable and the economic benefit to our local communities through Scouting is more than $10 million each year. Wow! Because of you, our youth members are inspired and engaged in a program that develops their confidence, resilience and leadership. They become engaged members of their local community and learn that giving is as valuable as receiving. We couldn’t do this without you and the vital role you play. It is important that you feel valued, acknowledged and supported. Today, and every day, we celebrate this contribution. During National Volunteer Week (May 8 – 14) you can also thank your Leader or another inspirational volunteer member of Scouting by uploading a selfie with them and sharing what makes them so awesome on the Scouts NSW Facebook Page or on Instagram with the tag @scoutsnsw #thankaleader