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Trustee Introduction workbook

Introduction to the workbook and assessment

Edition 3 April 2024

Note: In some parts of the UK, Scout Counties are known as Areas or Islands – and in one case it is known as a Bailiwick. But for ease of reading, this publication simply refers to Counties. 

In Scotland, there is no direct equivalent to a County or Area. Instead, Scouting is organised into Districts and Regions, each with distinct responsibilities. Some County functions are the responsibility of Scottish Regions, while others lie with Scottish Districts. The focus of responsibility is outlined in Scottish variations of Policy, Organisation & Rules. 

There are different charity regulations (and different charity regulators) in England, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as in each of the countries in which British Scouts Overseas operates. 

Who is this workbook for?

Trustee Introduction training is required for roles, as defined in POR Chapter 16: Roles Table.

This workbook may be used to support individuals where, for accessibility reasons, they cannot complete this training independently using the eLearning here or complete the eLearning with someone, such as a line manager, Training Adviser, Local/County/Area/Region (Scotland) Training Manager. 


By doing this training you will: 

  • Understand Trustee Boards and trusteeship in Scouts 
  • Understand Scouts’ key policies 
  • Understand  trustee roles and responsibilities in Scouts 

Trustee Boards were previously known as Executive Committees. 'Executive Committee' and associated wording will still be visible on Compass, eLearning and the website as we move to our new way of volunteering. 


When you have completed the learning by reading all sections of this workbook you will need to complete an assessment of your learning. The assessment is at the end of this document. 

To pass and validate this module you’ll need to score 100% on the assessment. But don’t worry, you can re-take it as many times as you need. When you have finished the assessment you will need to have your answers checked. 

Discuss your completed assessment with the person supporting you with this training. They will be able to confirm that you passed the assessment and record completion of this training.

Download in PDF

The Trustee Introduction workbook is available download and print.

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Trustee Introduction eLearning

If you are able to complete the training independently please complete the eLearning.

Complete the eLearning