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The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a compulsory yearly meeting of the Group/District/County Scout Council with important legal aspects and key, mandatory business that must be covered. But that doesn’t mean that it needs to be boring, lengthy or tedious.

Here are a few tips that may help you when organising your next AGM:

  • An AGM needs to be advertised in plenty of time before the scheduled date to ensure full attendance
  • Try holding the AGM in combination with another event e.g. a presentation evening, family camp or summer barbeque
  • Include videos, slide shows or photo montages of the events that have taken place in the Group, District or County over the past year
  • Allow social time before and after the event so that people can get to know each other
  • Get young people involved – it’s great for parents to get to see what their children have been doing
  • Keep the meeting focused and allow around 30 minutes for the key business
  • Make sure that discussions don’t digress from items scheduled on the agenda
  • Invite members of the community who might be affected by or interested in Scouting
  • Ask people to contribute to the agenda to avoid ‘any other business’

AGM resources

Do you need help creating posters and invitations to advertise your AGM? Do you want to create folders for your annual reports? Simply log in to the Brand Centre to get started with creating resources for your AGM.

Section Leaders and the Executive Committee

All Section Leaders (i.e. individuals holding a Beaver Scout Leader, Cub Scout Leader or Scout Leader role) need to indicate to the Group AGM that they wish to sit on the Executive Committee as an ex-officio member. This can be done in writing or orally at the AGM.