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 closey with their relvant District or County Commissioner and Chair. Northumberland Scouts have two County Youth Commissioners who share the role.

Stu Bennett - County Youth Commissioner

Stu joined Scouting aged 6 as a Beaver and progressed through all the youth sections to become an adult leader. During his time as an explorer he sat on his District Executive as a youth rep for a number of years and also took an active role in regular Explorer Scout Forums. Stu's main role before becoming a Youth Comissioner was as a Media Development Manager for his district, working to promote modern day Scouting to the press and in the community. His key achivement during this role was securing a £5k grant from Hammerson Plc, who own and manage Manor Walks Shopping & Lesuire in Cramlington. He oversaw the project developing a strong relationship that benefitted both parties, accumulating to Cramlington Scout Day. a large recruitment event. He has also volunteered previously as a Scout section assistant and Explorer Leader. He still keeps a keen interest in his local Scout group, serving on the executive committee and helping at camps and events. He has also sat on the core management team for the last two Marra Camps, taking a lead on Marketing and Communications. Outside of Scouting Stu graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in Computer Science and works Stu works professionally as a IT Consultant.

Twitter: @ScoutsStuB / Email:

Mick Blewitt - County Youth Commissioner

Mick has been involved in Scouting all his life as a child moving through all the sections including the Young Leader Scheme. He became an Assistant Scout Leader with his local group at 18 and organised district events at a young age. He has been a member of the Core Management Team for the last two Marra Camp’s, firstly looking after entertainments before taking the lead on the full activity programme for Wild West Marra, being responsible for over 100 activities over 5 zones for 1700 young people.

Mick achieved his Queen Scout Award this year attending the St Georges Day ceremony at Windsor Castle. Alongside his Youth Commissioner role he is a Scout Leader at his local group and is a qualified NSRA Range Instructor, instructing Rifle Shooting for various groups. Outside of Scouting Mick is a power engineer for BT and the resident technician at the Seaton Delaval Arts Centre

Twitter: @ScoutMick / Email:

"We are delighted to be appointed as the new County Youth Commissioners for Northumberland County and are very excited for some of the fantastic work we can do together to achieve better Scouting for our young people. We’d love to hear your experiences and success stories of Youth Shaped Scouting locally, do get in touch on the details below. We’d also be delighted to receive invites for events, so if you’re planning something exciting and would like us to come along do drop us a message. Do make sure you like our facebook page below for the latest news and updates along with twitter! Together we can empower and inspire our young people through scouting, to benefit them and us later in life."

District Youth Commissioners

Whitley Bay & District

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City of Newcastle

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Blyth Valley

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Castle Morpeth

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Mid Northumberland

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North Northumberland

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