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Lesson 2: Understand Executive Committee and trusteeship in Scouts

Lesson 2: Understand Executive Committee and trusteeship in Scouts


There are differences in charity regulations (and different charity regulators) depending on where you live in the UK, in this lesson we'll help you understand these and detail what they are in your area. To stay in line with legislation, all charities must have a governing body, which in Scouts we call the Scout Council. The Scout Council approves the Executive Committee. Members of this Executive Committee are known as the charity trustees, and have to act as one big collective in the running of their particular Scout Group, District or County. Being a trustee means that you’re legally responsible for the management and running of a charitable organisation (in this case, your local Scout Group, District or County). Trustees make decisions that will impact on people’s lives and you will be making a difference to your local community, using your skills and experience to support Scouts and helping them achieve their aims. If you think that sounds intimidating, don’t worry – the responsibility is shared between everyone on the Executive Committee.

You’re not dealing with anything alone. The Charity Commission has a great guide on the essential trustee: what you need to know and what you need to do. We recommend all trustees read this guide and keep it handy.

Regional variations and official regulators

Depending on where you live, there are different regulators whose regulations you need to follow.
Each Group, District, County and Country, as well as UK HQ, are separate entities with their own Executive
Committee. Some are registered with a charity regulator as outlined below. If you’re not a registered charity, you MUST NOT use the charity number of any other charity including any Scout charity. If you’re registered, you can only use the charity number specifically allocated to you.

What can stop people being able to be trustees?

There are some things that can stop a person from becoming a trustee.

Structure and Roles

Every group, District and County must operate as a Charity (most are formal charities, but even where they are not they have an obligation to operate as if they are). Because of this, each needs trustees to manage the charity.

All members of the Executive Committee or Board of Trustees are called charity trustees.

The Executive Committee must meet the charity regulations for the location they are operating in regarding the trusteeship of the charity (the group, District or County) and must help provide quality Scout sessions, fun and adventure, to the members in their local area.

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