Within a Scout Group, there will be a number of adult leaders, who give their time voluntarily to help the development of young people. The Group Scouting is led by the Group Scout Leader, whose job is to co-ordinate the Group’s activities and to ensure continuity and development. The Group Management is ran by the Group Chair Person who leads the Management Committee (Group Executive Committee) to ensure successful governance of the group.
A Group Scout Council meets at least once a year usually for an Annual General Meeting. The Council consists of all the adult Members of the Group, as well as the children’s parents. For more day-to-day matters, the Council has a Group Executive Committee that meets regularly.
The Executive Committee consists of the Group Scout Leader and key trustee roles elected by the Group Council. The Executive Committee may set up sub-committees to perform particular tasks such as fundraising.
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The Management Committee (more commonly known as the Group Executive Committee) exists to support the Group Scout Leader in meeting the responsibilities of their appointment and to take responsibility for the administrative side of scouting to enable the Group to function effectively. To fulfil this purpose, Scouting Policy states the following twelve responsibilities of the Group Executive Committee:
- Comply with the Policy, Organisation and Rules of The Scout Association
- Protect and maintain any property and equipment owned by and/or used by the group
- Manage the group finances including annual account submission and auditing
- All necessary records are kept and records of formal meetings with appropriate sign off from the committee
- Provide insurance for people, property and equipment (outside of automatic insurances provided to members)
- Ensure that there is sufficient volunteers for scouting in the group to operate
- Promote and support the development of scouting in the group
- Manage and implement the Safety Policy within the group
- Ensure that a positive image of scouting exists in the local community
- Appoint and manage the operation of any sub-Committees as required
- Ensure that young people are meaningfully involved in decision making at all levels within the group
- The opening, closure and amalgamation of sections in the Group as necessary
Group Chair Person – James Draper
Group Deputy Chair Person – Jen Hope
Group Secretary – Nicole Lyons
Group Treasurer – Rebecca Martindale
Group Scout Leader – Chris Blockley
On a day to day basis the Group Scout Leader leads a number of volunteers who deliver Scouting on a weekly basis as part of their section. Their responsibility is to:-
- Ensure that the Scout Group thrives and has the best systems in place to support adult volunteers and develop the Group – including a Group Executive Committee and Section leadership teams.
- Provide line management and support to the Leaders in the Scout Group, including setting objectives for their work and holding regular reviews and one-to-one meetings.
- Ensure that the Scout Group has an adequate team of supported and appropriate adults working effectively together and with others to meet the Scouting needs of the area.
- Ensure that a challenging, exciting and balanced programme is offered to young people in the Scout Group.
- Work with the District Commissioner, Deputy District Commissioner(s) and other Group Scout Leaders in the District to ensure that the District thrives and supports Scout Groups.
To find out more about our section volunteers please visit each section where you can find out who runs the sessions.