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Membership of the Scout District

  1. No individual aged 18 or over may be permitted to undertake any role or responsibilities within Scouting until the appropriate enquiries have been made. The enquiries must include a Personal Enquiry to Headquarters, and certain roles require a disclosure as part of the Personal Enquiry process
    (see the Child Protection Policy and POR: The Appointment Process).

  2. There are two types of membership - Members and Associate Members.

  3. British Subjects who are prepared to follow the Association's principles by making the Promise may become Members or Associate Members of the Scout Movement (subject to the Rules contained within Policy, Organisation and Rules).

  4. Foreign residents in the United Kingdom, with the approval of an appropriate Commissioner, may become Members or Associate Members.

  5. When an individual becomes a Member that person becomes a member of a Group, District and County (as appropriate). They also become a Member of The Scout Association and of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement.

  6. When an individual becomes an Associate Member that person becomes an Associate member of a Group, District and County (as appropriate). They also become an Associate Member of The Scout Association.

  7. Membership of Beaver Scout Colonies, Cub Scout Packs, Scout Troops and Explorer Scout Units is open to males and females (unless otherwise stipulated).

  8. Adult membership of the Scout Movement, whether by appointment or otherwise, is open equally to men and women.

  9. The minimum age limit for youth membership is 5 ¾ years. The maximum age limit for youth membership is 25.

  10. There is no maximum age limit for membership but all adult appointments are subject to a minimum age limit of 18. There is a maximum age limit for the District Youth Commissioner appointment. Please see Rule 4.44f (iii) for details.

  11. There are membership options for adults not holding appointments to become Members or Associate Members on ceasing to hold an appointment.

  12. Members or Associate Members do not have any rights, actual or implied, to take part in the national management of The Scout Association or the World Organisation of the Scout Movement.

    Members
  13. The following are required to be Members and pay the Headquarters Membership Subscription annually

    • Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, and Explorer Scouts.
    • Members of Scout Network are required to be members but are not required to pay the Headquarters membership Subscription.
  14. Members must also pay any Country, County, District and Group Membership Subscription determined locally.

  15. Young people become Members of the Scout Movement by making the Promise appropriate to the first Section they join. When moving Section, young people will make the promise appropriate for their new Section.

  16. Adults become Members by making the Promise and completing a Members' Declaration.

  17. Members of the Movement may:

    • wear the approved uniform (see Chapter 10);
    • wear the World Membership badge;
    • receive benefits provided by any Group, District, and County to which the Member belongs and of The Scout Association and the World Organisation of the Scout Movement;
    • wear the World Membership lapel badge.

      Associate Members
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  19. Associate Members must pay any Country, County, District and Group Membership Subscription determined locally.

  20. Adults become Associate Members of the Scout Movement by completing an Associate Members' Declaration.

  21. Associate Members are not required to make the Promise.

  22. Associate Members of the Movement may: 

    • wear the approved uniform (see Chapter 10);
    • receive benefits provided by any Group, District, and County to which the Member belongs.