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Area Lead Volunteer for British Scouting Overseas

Overview of the role

Welcome to Team BSO (British Scouting Overseas), where we're embarking on an exhilarating journey to empower the next generation through our Skills for Life strategy. Our mission is to shape brighter futures and equip young individuals in Scouting with invaluable life skills.

At the heart of the BSO lies the pivotal role of the Area Lead Volunteer (previously called Area Commissioner). As the guiding force, you'll spearhead the BSO Leadership Team, inspiring and mobilising volunteers to provide exceptional experiences and life-enriching skills to our youth. Your mandate includes ensuring a well-organised and adequately staffed Area team capable of delivering outstanding programmes.

Your pivotal responsibility involves implementing the Area’s 2018-25 Strategy. You will be rallying Area, District and Group Lead Volunteers and their teams to align with its objectives. This entails motivating and supporting volunteers to achieve the Growth, Youth Shaped, Community Impact, and Inclusivity targets outlined in our strategy.

As the leader of the BSO Team, you will bolster Scouting throughout the Area by nurturing volunteer development, enriching section programmes, and providing operational support. Additionally, you'll maintain a vibrant volunteer cohort in the Explorer and Network sections, establishing a well-regarded 14-24 provision within our multiple international communities.

Leading a team of dedicated volunteers passionate about delivering exceptional Scouting experiences to every young person is at the core of this role.

Application process

You can apply for the role yourself using the application form, or nominate someone else using the nomination form.

Nominated people are under no commitment to apply unless they wish to. 

A search group has been put together to oversee this process and will review all applications and nominations in order to make decisions as to who to invite to attend the selection stage of this process.

At the end of the application form, we also ask applicants to please fill out our Diversity Monitoring Form. You will be automatically directed to this. 

Key dates

Closing date: 09:00 on Wednesday 1st May 2024

Interview date: W/C 3rd June 2024 

For more information

For more information, or for an informal chat about this vacancy, please contact: 

Callum Kaye, UK Chief Volunteer for International

Jon Gill, Outgoing District Commissioner Rest of the World District and search team lead.


Closing date:
Wed, May 1, 2024, 9:00 AM

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