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District roles

There are a number of volunteer roles available at a District level:

Outline: To manage and support the Scout District to ensure it runs effectively and that Scouting within the District develops in accordance with the rules and policies of The Scout Association so that the District provides good quality Scouting for young people and proactively supports and manages adults in the District.

Responsible to: County/Area/Regional(Scotland) Commissioner (or deputy if appropriate).

Responsible for: Deputy District Commissioners, Group Scout Leaders, District Explorer Scout Commissioner, District Scout Network Leaders, Assistant District Commissioners, District Scout Active Support Managers, District Scouters, District Advisers, Nights Away Advisers, District Media Development Manager.

Main contacts: County Commissioner/Area Commissioner/Region Commissioner (Scotland), Deputy District Commissioners, Group Scout Leaders, District Explorer Scout Commissioner, District Scout Active Support Managers, District Scout Network Leaders, Assistant District Commissioners, members of the District Executive Committee and its sub-committees, County/Area/Regional(Scotland) Scout Network Commissioner, County/Area/Regional(Scotland) Training Manager, Local Training Manager, members of the Regional Development Service, Local Development Officers or Field Commissioner (as appropriate), other District Commissioners, members of the local community, schools and other youth organisations.

Appointment requirements: Must complete the relevant training (a wood badge) within three years of taking up the role. Must be eligible for charity trustee status (as a member of the District Executive Committee). It's expected that whilst volunteering for this role you will undertake regulated activity.

Main tasks:

  • Ensure that the District thrives and has the best systems in place to support the Groups, to support all adult volunteers in the District and to develop Scouting in the District.
  • Provide line management and support to the adults in the District that directly report to you including setting objectives for their work and holding regular reviews and one-to-one meetings.
  • Produce a vision for the District and implement a development plan to meet that vision.
  • Ensure that Scouting in the District is attractive to young people and adults from all backgrounds in the District.
  • Ensure that the District has an adequate team of supported and appropriate adults working effectively together and with others to meet the Scouting needs of the area.
  • Work with the County/Area/Regional(Scotland) Commissioner and other District Commissioners in the County/Area/Region(Scotland) to ensure that the Scouting in the County/Area/Region(Scotland) thrives.

Some of the tasks for which the District Commissioner is responsible may be delegated to others in the District, including a Deputy District Commissioner, if appointed.

Person specification

Knowledge and experience

Essential:

  • Ability to manage adults effectively

Desirable:

  • Understanding of the challenges of working in the voluntary sector
  • Experience of working with young people and/or community work with adult groups
  • Experience of working in the Scout or Guide Movement as an adult

Skills

Essential:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Provide advice and guidance effectively to others 
  • Provide inspirational leadership for the District 
  • Provide strategic direction for the District 
  • Motivate adults volunteering in the District 
  • Build, maintain and facilitate effective working relationships with a wide range of people
  • Enable others to identify issues, clarify objectives, develop attainable objectives and gain the necessary skills and confidence to work as an effective team
  • Ability to negotiate compromises 
  • Plan, manage and monitor own tasks and time 
  • Construct and implement long-term plans that improve and expand the Scouting offered to young people and identify any training, resources and other needs required to undertake this work
  • Use basic computer software

Personal qualities

Essential:

  • An understanding of the needs of adult volunteers 
  • Flexible approach
  • Self-motivated 
  • Able to work as part of a team and promote good teamwork 
  • Resourceful, energetic and enthusiastic about the job
  • Acceptance of the fundamentals of the Scout Movement

Detailed description of the role

The role of District Commissioner is based around six key areas of leadership and management.

1. Providing direction – as an effective District Commissioner you will be required to:

  • Lead by example to promote a co-operative culture of working in the District.
  • Create a vision for the future development of the District that takes into account the strategic objectives of The Scout Association and the plans for your County/Area/Region(Scotland).
  • Develop a plan to realise the vision for the District, implement and regularly review it.
  • Provide leadership, inspiration and motivation for all adults volunteering in the District.
  • Ensure that everyone in the District follows the policies and rules of The Scout Association.
  • Carry out regular one-to-one meetings and support adults who report directly to you.

2. Working with people – as an effective District Commissioner you will be required to:

  • Develop good working relationships based on trust and Scout values with the adults in the District and with others in Scouting.
  • Manage succession planning and identify the roles that you need to make the District work effectively and recruit suitable people into those roles.
  • Allocate tasks to people within the District and monitor the progress of those tasks.
  • Support adults in the District to develop by completing formal training requirements, learning on the job, trying out new skills and addressing problems affecting performance.
  • Build a team spirit in the District and support the development of the team as a whole.
  • Address conflict as it occurs within the District and reduce the likelihood of it happening through good communication and other methods.
  • Run effective team meetings in the District and participate fully in the District Executive and County/Area/Region (Scotland) meetings.
  • Ensure that adults in the District perform to agreed standards and if serious problems occur, the correct procedures are followed in consultation with the County Commissioner/Area Commissioner/Region Commissioner (Scotland).
  • Appropriately acknowledge good work carried out in the District (through local events and the national Scout adult award scheme).
  • Carry out effective reviews and re-assign or retire people if necessary.
  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with other relevant organisations in the District’s local area.

3. Achieving results – as an effective District Commissioner you will be required to:

  • Satisfactorily complete projects in the District for which you are responsible.
  • Ensure that all the initiatives in the District are managed appropriately.
  • With the District Executive Committee and the District Team ensure that Scouting is promoted locally.
  • Build up an understanding of the young people in your local area and ensure that Scouting is promoted effectively to them.
  • Monitor and review the progress that Group Scout Leaders are making against their targets and development plans.
  • Have a robust District development plan in place and regularly review progress.
  • Satisfactorily resolve problems and issues raised by adult and youth members of the District and by parents or carers of youth members in the District.

4. Enabling change – as an effective District Commissioner you will be required to:

  • Support and encourage adults in the District to think of new and creative ways to improve the District.
  • Be enthusiastic about new ideas, give constructive feedback on those ideas and encourage and support further work on them.
  • Communicate your vision for the future of the District and lead people through changes that this vision requires.
  • Develop effective plans to implement change and then carry them out, working together with relevant members of the District.
  • Recognise the contribution of others towards change and improvement.

5. Using resources – as an effective District Commissioner you will be required to:

  • As part of the District Executive Committee, ensure that appropriate financial measures are in place.
  • As part of the District Executive Committee, ensure that there is an adequate income for the District including the identification of other income sources such as grants.
  • Work with the District Executive Committee and Group Scout Leaders to ensure that Scouting in the District is safe.
  • Work with the District Executive Committee and the District Team to ensure that the District has sufficient physical resources to support its work with youth members.
  • Work with the District Executive Committee and the District Team to minimise the negative impact and maximise the positive impact that the District has on the environment.
  • Make decisions about matters within the District based on the best available information.
  • Ensure that all adults in the District have the right information provided in a timely manner and in the most effective way.

6. Managing your time and personal skills – as an effective District Commissioner you will be required to:

  • Agree realistic goals and targets with the County Commissioner/Area Commissioner/Region Commissioner (Scotland) for the development of the District that work towards The Scout Association’s strategic objectives.
  • Consider the future requirements of your role then identify the skills and knowledge that you need to develop or improve and the steps you will follow to do so.
  • Regularly check how you use your time and identify possible improvements so that you focus on the goals and priorities that you have agreed with the County Commissioner/Area Commissioner/Region Commissioner (Scotland).
  • Ask other adult volunteers for feedback about how you carry out your role and act on it.
  • Attend National, Regional and County/Area/Region(Scotland) meetings, workshops and events.

Outline: As a member of the District Leadership Team the District Youth Commissioner works in partnership with the District Commissioner and Chairperson of the District Executive Committee. The role is to ensure that young people from 6-25 years are involved and engaged in every decision that shapes their Scouting experience locally and to empower young people to share their ideas and have a meaningful voice in planning, implementing and reviewing their programme and opportunities.

Length of Appointment: 3 years (suggested)

Responsible to: District Commissioner Responsible for: District Youth Forum (or similar) Lead, Deputy District Youth Commissioner(s) (if appointed).

Main Contacts: Young people within their District, District Commissioner, District Youth Forum Lead, Deputy District Youth Commissioners, Deputy District Commissioners, Group Scout Leaders, District Explorer Scout Commissioner, District Scout Network Commissioners, Scout Network Programme Coordinators, Assistant District Commissioners, District Chairperson, members of the District Executive Committee and its sub-committees, County Youth Commissioner and other District Youth Commissioners.

Appointment Requirements: Must successfully complete the appointment process (including acceptable personal enquiries and acceptance of The Scout Association's policies). During the five months of Provisional Appointment the relevant Getting Started modules must be completed. A Wood Badge must be completed during the Appointment, and ongoing safeguarding and safety training must be completed.

Examples of Main Tasks

Aim

  • Champion, encourage and lead the work to ensure that, by 2018, scouting in the District is shaped by young people in partnership with adults. This will be achieved by working in partnership and collaboration and with the District Commissioner, District Chairperson, Group Scout Leaders and District Team.

Supporting youth-shaped Scouting in the Programme

  • Visit Section Meetings to talk and inspire young people and young adults about youth-shaped Scouting and what is happening within their District.
  • Support Groups and Sections to provide local youth engagement opportunities including forums
  • Together with the District Scout Network Commissioner, and Programme Coordinators, encourage Scout Network members to shape and lead projects and activities for the District Scout Network.
  • Encourage youth leadership at all levels within Groups and Sections (Young Leaders, Sixers & Seconders, Patrol Leaders & Assistant Patrol Leaders etc.)
  • Work with ADCs (Sections) to support Leaders and other adult volunteers to embed youth shaped Scouting.

Developing Young People

  • Work with other adults to identify, encourage and develop talented young people and young adults who wish to become more involved in shaping Scouting.
  • Provide support to 18-25 year old members on Executive Committees.
  • Increase the role and participation of young people in the leadership and management of the District.

Embedding Young People in Local Decision-Making

  • Work with all members of the District to ensure that the views of young people are represented in decision-making.
  • Encourage the creation and greater participation in meaningful Youth Forums
  • Appoint, support and manage a Youth Forum Lead.
  • Ensure that recommendations from the Youth Forum to the District Executive Committee and District Team are considered and appropriately implemented and that an effective method to provide feedback on outcomes to the Youth Forum is in place.

Wider Engagement

  • Establish a robust method of communicating with the District Commissioner and young people within the District.
  • Work as a key part of the District Leadership Team contributing and taking an active part in the delivery of the District Development Plan.
  • Work with the County Youth Commissioner to develop youth-shaped Scouting within the County, providing feedback to adults and young people.
  • Work with other local Youth Commissioners to feed into the UK Youth Commissioner Team including taking part in national training and conference opportunities (often virtual).

Note: any other tasks are to be agreed with the District Commissioner.

Outline: The District Scout Network Commissioner is the Manager of the Scout Network Section and is responsible for proactively enabling Scout Network members to shape and participate in the Scout Network programme in accordance with the Purpose, Principles and Policies of The Scout Association.

Responsible to: District Commissioner

Responsible for: Programme Coordinator(s).

Main Contacts: Members of the District Scout Network, Programme Coordinator(s), District Explorer Scout Commissioner, District Explorer Scout Administrator, District Commissioner, Explorer Scout Leaders, Assistant County Commissioner (Scout Network), District Chairperson, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Adviser, Queen Scout Award Coordinator, Local Youth Commissioner.

Appointment Requirements: Must successfully complete the appointment process (including acceptable personal enquiries and acceptance of The Scout Association's policies). During the five months of Provisional Appointment the relevant Getting Started modules must be completed. A Wood Badge must be completed within three years of Full Appointment, and ongoing safeguarding and safety training. It's expected that whilst volunteering for this role you will undertake regulated activity.

Main Tasks

Delivering a quality programme in the District

  • Actively support and encourage Scout Network members in shaping and participating in the programme, including forming project teams.
  • Ensure that a safe, exciting and stimulating programme is available to Scout Network Members in the District, taking into account the needs, interests and abilities of members.
  • Ensure the safe delivery of the programme in the District in accordance with the Policy, Organisation and Rules of The Scout Association.
  • Encourage members of the Scout Network to undertake awards, particularly including the Diamond Chief Scout’s Award, the Queen’s Scout Award, Explorer Belt, Scouts of the World Award and Duke of
    Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Support members to access opportunities to complete these awards.
  • Regularly review the District provision of Scout Network to ensure that the experience for Scout Network members is of the highest quality.

Managing the operation of the District Scout Network

  • Manage membership admission to the District Scout Network and support transfers of membership when required.
  • Ensure that there is adequate support for Scout Network in the District so that all young adults can participate in the programme.
  • Recruit, induct and support Programme Coordinators as needed.
  • Maintain a good working relationship with the District Executive Committee, to ensure that the Scout Network is adequately and appropriately funded, and has access to buildings and equipment as needed.
  • Ensure that the Link Agreement made with all Explorer Scout Units is regularly reviewed.
  • Promote, encourage and support good relationships between the District Scout Network, the District Explorer Scout Commissioner, Explorer Scout Leaders and District Explorer Scout Administrator. In
    particular this is to enable and encourage the moving on process from Explorer Scouts, including Young Leaders, to the Scout Network.
  • Act as a point of contact for all 18-25 year olds wishing to take on an adult appointment in the District, as well as those who are solely members of the District Scout Network
  • Engage and communicate with all 18-25 year olds in the District, encouraging them to participate in the programme.
  • Ensure efficient administration of the District Scout Network records and finances, and enable regular communication of information to young people and adults in the District.
  • Ensure that any Scout Network Members in the District who are undertaking tasks beyond participating in the programme for their own personal development (for example assisting with events run for younger members of other Sections) hold adult appointments as appropriate.
  • Actively encourage young adults to consider the full range of adult appointments, including Scout Active Support membership, during their time as a Scout Network member, particularly as they approach the age of 25.

Wider District tasks

  • Ensure links and interaction between the District Scout Network, the County and the UK Scout Network are maintained.
  • Follow the District’s financial procedures, which must be in accordance with the Policy, Organisation and Rules.
  • Attend and contribute to relevant District and County meetings. These may include meetings of the District Executive Committee, District Scout Council, District Explorer Scout meetings, District team meetings, and other meetings at District and County level, including with the Assistant County Commissioner (Scout Network) and other District Scout Network Commissioners.
  • Encourage and promote participation of Young People in the work of the District Executive and other District committees and teams.
  • Develop relationships with external bodies in the District, in order to enhance the Scout Network programme.
  • Other tasks agreed with the District Commissioner.

Some of the tasks for which the District Scout Network Commissioner is responsible may be delegated or shared with others in the District, including the District Explorer Scout Administrator and Programme
Coordinator(s).

As part of the July 2020 Training and POR Pre-Launch check consultation we asked for feedback on the role of President and Vice President.

Based on feedback, as Presidents and Vice Presidents are honorary roles, they will no longer have training obligations. See more on training requirements by role.

President and Vice President role description: 

This role is honorary. The individual appointed should have no executive function or role.

The role holder will promote the wellbeing and perception of Scouting in the wider community, connecting Scouting with the local community to help foster relationships between Scouting and other organisations and institutions. 

Where Presidents / Vice Presidents attend Scouting events they must be chaperoned at all times by an adult volunteer for Scouting who has an appointment status of Full and an up-to-date criminal records disclosure check / personal enquiry check.

If a President / Vice President wishes to take a more active role in Scouting than described above, then an additional appointment will be required, applicable to the additional activities being undertaken. All requirements of the additional appointment will need to be met - this may include training and a criminal records disclosure check / personal enquiry.

Outline: Provide guidance to Squirrel leaders in the delivery of a safe, fun, inclusive and age-appropriate programme. In partnership with the District Commissioner, support the growth of Squirrel Dreys in the District, including getting people ready to set up the Drey and provide ongoing care. 

Responsible to: District Commissioner

Responsible for: District Leaders (if applicable)

Main Contacts: District Commissioner, District Team, including Group Scout Leaders, Squirrel Section Leaders, across the District, Assistant District Commissioners (Squirrel Section) in other Districts, within the County, Assistant County Commissioner (Squirrel Section)

Appointment Requirements:

  • Complete the appointment process (including acceptable personal enquiries and acceptance of the Scout Association's policies), including a disclosure check.
  • Completion of applicable Getting Started training modules, which cover Essential Information, Safety, Safeguarding and GDPR, (within five months of starting the role, if new to Scouts). 
  • Complete the Scout training programme for this role, to achieve the Wood Badge within three years.
  • Renew safeguarding and safety training, when it is due. 
  • Take part in ongoing learning opportunities.

Main Tasks

  • Work with the Group Scout Leader to advise the Section Leaders about the Squirrels programme and support the induction of new volunteers.
  • Advise the District Commissioner and District Team on matters relating to the Squirrel section
  • Support Squirrel section leaders to follow Scout policies and let the Group Scout Leader know if any additional support is needed.
  • Be a part of the District and County Team and attend meetings.
  • Organise meetings for Squirrel Drey Leaders to share best practice and identify opportunities to work together.
  • Encourage the Squirrel section leaders and any district squirrel leaders, to work together to organise and run District wide programme of activities for Squirrels.
  • Keep up to date with information about 4-5 year olds and what things are happening in local communities, which might be relevant to the Squirrels section
  • Promote Squirrel Scouts in local communities, in partnership with Squirrel leaders.
  • Support the District Commissioner with the growth of Squirrel Dreys within the district, including recruiting new volunteers.

Outline: To work in partnership with District Commissioner to ensure that effective operation of the Beaver Scout Section in their District in accordance with the rules as laid down in POR of The Scout Association.

Responsible for: District Leaders (if applicable)

Responsible to: District Commissioner

Main Contacts: CC, DCs, ACC (Beaver Scouts), other ADCs, District and County Advisers, District Administrator, HQ, ADC (Beaver Scouts) from other Districts, GirlGuiding UK, Schools and other local Youth Organisations.

Appointment Requirements: To understand and accept The Scout Association’s policies, have a satisfactory DBS Clearance, Completion of Wood Badge, which includes the Section Supporter Modules as detailed in the Adult’s Personal File and The Scout Association’s Adult Training Scheme.

General Main Tasks

  • Ensure purpose, method, policies and programme are carried out throughout the Section in the District
  • Assist GSLs in the encouragement of all Leaders in the Section to provide a balanced programme
  • Co-operate with DC to support all Leaders and Commissioners in matters relating to the Section and its Leaders
  • Promote and encourage the Section in the implementation of all policies of The Scout Association, especially the key policies as laid
    down in Chapter 2 of POR
  • Liaise with District Administrators
  • Maintain a working relationship with DC, other ADC (Beaver Scouts) and other Commissioners within the District
  • Work in partnership with DC in the management of the District and the Section’s programme and activities
  • Maintain contact relevant to the Section age group with in the local community
  • Promote the Section’s Scouting to the local Community
  • Support the DC in the development of the District.

Note: any other specific tasks are to be agreed with the DC.

Outline: To work in partnership with the District Commissioner to ensure that effective operation of the Cub Scout Section in their District in accordance with the rules as laid down in POR of The Scout Association.

Responsible for: District Leaders (if applicable)

Responsible to: District Commissioner

Main Contacts: CC, DCs, ACC (Cub Scouts), other ADCs, District and County Advisers, District Administrator, HQ, ADC (Cub Scouts) from other Districts, GirlGuiding UK, Schools and other local Youth Organisations.

Appointment Requirements: To understand and accept The Scout Association’s policies, have a satisfactory DBS Clearance, Completion of Wood Badge, which includes the Section Supporter Modules as detailed in the Adult’s Personal File and The Scout Association’s Adult Training Scheme.

General Main Tasks

  • Ensure purpose, method, policies and programme are carried out throughout the Section in the District
  • Assist GSLs in the encouragement of all Leaders in the Section to provide a balanced programme
  • Co-operate with DC to support all Leaders and Commissioners in matters relating to the Section and its Leaders
  • Promote and encourage to the Section the implementation of all policies of The Scout Association, especially the key policies as laid
    down in Chapter 2 of POR
  • Liaise with District Administrators
  • Maintain a working relationship with DC, other ADC (Cub Scouts) and other Commissioners within the District
  • Work in partnership with DC in the management of the District and the Section’s programme and activities
  • Maintain contact relevant to the Section age group with in the local community
  • Promote the Section’s Scouting to the local Community
  • Support the DC in the development of the District

Note: any other specific tasks are to be agreed with the DC.

Outline: To work in partnership with the District Commissioner to ensure that effective operation of the Scout Section in their District in accordance with the rules as laid down in POR of The Scout Association.

Responsible for: District Leaders (if applicable)

Responsible to: District Commissioner

Main Contacts: CC, DCs, ACC (Scouts), other ADCs, District and County Advisers, District Administrator, HQ, ADC (Scouts) from other Districts, GirlGuiding UK, Schools and other local Youth Organisations.

Appointment Requirements: To understand and accept The Scout Association’s policies, have a satisfactory DBS Clearance, Completion of Wood Badge, which includes the Section Supporter Modules as detailed in the Adult’s Personal File and The Scout Association’s Adult Training Scheme.

General Main Tasks:

  • Ensure purpose, method, policies and programme are carried out throughout the Section in the District
  • Assist GSLs in the encouragement of all Leaders in the Section to provide a balanced programme
  • Co-operate with the DC to support all Leaders and Commissioners in matters relating to the Section and its Leaders
  • Promote and encourage to the Section the implementation of all policies of The Scout Association, especially the key policies as laid
    down in Chapter 2 of POR
  • Liaise with District Administrators
  • Maintain a working relationship with DC, other ADC (Scouts) and other Commissioners within the District
  • Work in partnership with DC in the management of the District and the Section’s programme and activities
  • Maintain contact relevant to the Section age group with in the local community
  • Promote the Section’s Scouting to the local Community
  • Support the DC in the development of the District.

Note: any other specific tasks are to be agreed with the DC.

Outline: To work in partnership with the District Commissioner to ensure that effective operation of Section in their District in accordance with the rules as laid down in POR of The Scout Association.

Responsible for: District Leaders (if applicable)

Responsible to: District Commissioner

Main Contacts: CC, DCs, ACC (Section), other ADCs, District and County Advisers, District Administrator, RDOs, HQ, ADC (Section) from other Districts, Girlguiding, Schools and other local Youth Organisations.

Appointment Requirements: To understand and accept The Scout Association’s policies, have a satisfactory DBS Clearance, Completion of Wood Badge, which includes the Section Supporter Modules as detailed in the Adult’s Personal File and The Scout Association’s Adult Training Scheme.

It's expected that whilst volunteering for this role you will undertake regulated activity.

Main Tasks

Delivery of a Balanced Programme

  • Ensure purpose, method, policies and programme are carried out throughout the Section.
  • Assist GSLs in the encouragement of all Leaders in the Section to provide a balanced programme.
  • Co-operate with the DC to support all Leaders and Commissioners in matters relating to the Section and its Leaders.
  • Promote and encourage to the Section the implementation of all policies of The Scout Association, especially the key policies as laid down in Chapter 2 of POR.
  • Liaise with District Administrators.
  • Maintain a working relationship with DC, other ADC (Section) and other Commissioners within the District.
  • Work in partnership with DC in the management of the District and the Section’s programme and activities.
  • Maintain contact relevant to the Section age group with in the local community
  • Promote the Section’s Scouting to the local Community.
  • Support the DC in the development of the District Community.

Note: any other tasks are to be agreed with the Line Manager.

Outline: To provide help and assistance to Areas wishing to promote a musical experience for Members of the Movement by the formation of Scout Bands. The adviser should also monitor standards, training and operation of Scout Bands to ensure they meet with The Association’s rules.

Responsible to: Appropriate Commissioner e.g. A Band Adviser at District level will be responsible to the District Commissioner, those advising at County Level will be responsible to County Commissioners.

Main Contacts: District or County/Area Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioner (Activities), Assistant County/Area Commissioner (Activities), other District and County/Area Band Advisers, Bandmasters, Band Instructors, Girlguiding, County Arts Adviser, National Band Adviser and Activities Office at Gilwell Park.

Appointment requirements: Must successfully complete the appointment process (including acceptable personal enquiries and acceptance of The Scout Association's policies).

Training Requirements: Must complete Module 1 within 5 months of full appointment.

Main Tasks:

  • Advise District Commissioners, County Commissioners, or Area Commissioners on the suitability of individuals to be Bandmasters
  • Attend District and County/Area meetings to promote the benefits of Scout Bands existing within a District, County or Area
  • Communicate regularly with Bandmasters within the District or County/Area
  • Facilitate Training opportunities for Members of Scout Bands, Bandmasters and Scout Bands to improve the skill levels of young people and supporting adults
  • Encourage Districts and Counties/Areas to use higher graded bands in Gang Shows and other forms of Public Relations work
  • Carry out Annual Band Inspections under the rules of The Scout Association.

Skills for a Band Adviser:

  • Experience in music and bands

Note: any other tasks are to be agreed with the Line Manager.

Outline: To improve the public image of Scouting by providing information and facts about Scouting to appropriate media

Responsible for: N\A

Responsible to: District Commissioner

Main Contacts: Members of the Movement, County Media Development Manager, HQ PR Team, Agent 2:007, The Media (Press, Broadcast, Web) and Members of the Public,

Appointment Requirements: Module 1, Essential Information must be completed.

General Main Tasks:

  • To seek out and identify local good news stories happening in Scouting and promote these to the local Media
  • To regularly promote the image of modern Scouting organisation to media groups via local “awareness” campaigns
  • To develop and maintain a list of local media contacts skills
  • To liaise with HQ PR team on a regular basis, giving updates on coverage and asking for any assistance required
  • To monitor local media coverage and to feedback success stories to local Scouting and HQ PR team
  • To encourage Scout Groups to appoint a person to promote Scouting and to work with them to promote Scouting
  • Share good practice

Note: any other specific tasks are to be agreed with the District Commissioner.

Outline:

The Nights Away Adviser role is based around two key areas:

  • Meet with adults to assess them against the eight core skills and as required assist them in gaining an appropriate Permit.
  • Provide general advice on camping and residential matters and to promote nights away opportunities within the District or County/Area.

Responsible to: Appropriate Commissioner e.g. A Nights Away Adviser at District level will be responsible to the District Commissioner, those advising at County/Area Level will be responsible to County/Area Commissioner.

Main Contacts: District Commissioner(s), County/Area Commissioner, Supporter of the Nights Away Permit Scheme (SNAPS), Group Scout Leaders and those adults they are taking through the Nights Away
Scheme.

Appointment requirements: Must successfully complete the appointment process (including acceptable personal enquiries and acceptance of The Scout Association's policies).

Training Requirements: Must complete Module 1 within 5 months of full appointment, and Module 25 within 3 years of full appointment.

Main Tasks:

  • Assessing adults who wish to gain a nights away permit against the eight core skills
  • Supporting adults in gaining the skills and experience they require to gain a nights away permit
  • Providing recommendations for nights away permits based on assessments carried out
  • To ensure that where necessary appropriate restrictions are recommended to Permits
  • Promote nights away events
  • Devise and propose ways of encouraging more young people to be involved in nights away
  • Encourage the sharing of knowledge and good practice with regard to nights away
  • Be aware of and promote local procedures for notifications to appropriate Commissioners (or nominee)

Skills for a Nights Away Adviser:

  • Experienced in leading residential and camping experiences
  • Hold a nights away permit
  • Able to support others in gaining skills to lead nights away events

Note: any other tasks are to be agreed with the Line Manager.

(Some of these may also be done by the County Adviser if there’s no District Adviser) 

The role of the District Duke of Edinburgh’s Award adviser can vary – this could be supporting adult volunteers acting as DofE Leaders to deliver the award or could be providing direct support to young people or running expeditions. The role description should be agreed with the District Commissioner/District Explorer Scout Commissioner and the County Duke of Edinburgh’s Award adviser. 

Responsibilities of the District Adviser 

Responsibilities could include: 

Supporting young people to take part (some of these may be done by the Explorer or Network leaders with support) 

  1. Promote the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and links to the Scout Top Awards (Chief Scout’s PlatinumDiamond and King’s Scout Award)
  2. Encourage young people to apply to take part in the award via the County’s registration process 
  3. Ensure parents are aware of their responsibility to agree to activities done outside of Scouting and that insurance is in place 
  4. Support participants to choose their programmes and set their timescales & goals, promoting suitable local opportunities. 
  5. Encourage the use of DofE by participants, regularly approve uploaded evidence and agree the completion of sections.
  6. Liaise with the County DofE adviser about approvals. 
  7. Celebrate achievement by arranging the appropriate presentation of badges and certificates to participants. 

Supporting leaders  

  1. Encourage leaders to take part in the DofE training modules available, including the e-induction, Introduction to DofE, Supervisor and Assessor training as appropriate. Support leaders to keep up to date with changes in the award.  
  2. Help leaders promote the award, encouraging them to use the resources available online and via DofE Essentials.  
  3. Support leaders to use eDofE and approve planners, evidence and sections  
  4. Answer queries from leaders, liaising with the County Adviser as needed. 
  5. Support young people with additional needs to complete the award.  

Supporting Expeditions (some of these may be done by the DofE Leader) 

  1. Ensure expeditions are run in the accordance with DofE’s 20 conditions. 
  2. Support leaders/expedition teams with their training and planning  
  3. Ensure the completion of relevant notification forms as required by Scouting and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. 
  4. Ensure expeditions are recorded on eDofE. 
  5. Support participants without a team to join up with other groups or districts.  
  6. Support young people with additional needs to complete their expedition, using the variation process as required.  

Quality Assurance 

  1. Use eDofE to monitor performance and participation. 
  2. Monitor the quality of evidence on eDofE to ensure it shows evidence of regular participation and improvement. 

Outline: Advisers are appointed by District or County/Area Executives to advise the appropriate Commissioners on all forms of air activities in which could develop young people mentally, physically, spiritually and socially. Advisers are not required to be technically qualified but a knowledge and interest in aviation is important.

Appointment requirements: Advisers need not be Members of the Association, but must be subject to The Scout Association’s confidential enquiry process and Criminal Records Bureau check. They must be aware of the:

  • Association’s Child Protection policy and be provided with a copy of the yellow card “Young People First”.
  • To have a clear understanding of the physical and mental limitations of young people and a knowledge of the Purpose and Method of The Scout Association.
  • To be a sufficiently mature and responsible person to advise firmly against over-ambitious plans and should be able to offer suitable alternatives. It's anticipated that a degree of maturity would be required for this role.
  • To have a good all-round knowledge of general aviation or one specific air activity in all its aspects. [Note – this requirement could be relaxed for a District Adviser but enthusiasm in the promotion of air activities is important].
  • To have a working knowledge of the requirements of the current Air Navigation Order and Joint Air Regulations Operations as applied to general aviation.
  • To have a natural desire and ability to practically promote air activities.
  • To establish contacts with relevant local air activity providers and organisations.
  • To be fully conversant with the factsheets regarding air activities.
  • To ensure that all air activities in their area are duly notified to the Headquarters as required by POR
  • It's highly desirable but not essential that Advisers should hold a Private or Commercial Pilot’s Licence or similar qualification applicable to Gliding, Paragliding, etc. and should have a Scouting background (though not necessarily in a warranted capacity).

It's expected that whilst volunteering for this role you will undertake regulated activity.

Main Tasks:

Delivery of a Balanced Programme

The role of the Adviser is to be pro-active in fostering the wish of Members to participate in air activities.

They should advise Leaders on the suitability of different air activities, which could help the mental and physical capabilities of the young people concerned. This is partly achieved by meeting with Leaders, attending District meetings and promotional events.

District Advisers do not have a direct role in the Activity Authorisation procedure but must understand the importance of its use. The active presence of a District Adviser as part of the District Team means that quick on the spot advice is available to all personnel in the District considering taking part in or needing advice on any air matter. Such advice should reduce the workload on Leaders and ensure that application forms for any air activity contain all relevant information.

Note: any other tasks are to be agreed with the Line Manager.

From January 2022, managers have the option to offer the role of Retired Member to those who are no longer able (for any reason) to continue their active service, but want to retain an attachment to the movement.

Read about who can be offered the Retired Member role and the role description.

Explorer Scouting roles

FS330050

Outline: The District Explorer Scout Commissioner is the Manager of the Explorer Scout Section. They are responsible for its effective operation of the developing of quality Explorer Scouting in the District in accordance with the Purpose, Principles and Policies of The Scout Association. This may be with the help of District Explorer Scout Administrators, District Explorer Scout Leaders and Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leaders) as appropriate. Some of the tasks for which the District Explorer Scout Commissioner is responsible may be delegated to others in the District, including Explorer Scout Leaders, Assistant Explorer Scout Leaders and Section Assistants.

Responsible to: District Commissioner.

Responsible for: District Explorer Scout Administrator, Explorer Scout Leaders, Assistant Explorer Scout Leaders, District Explorer Scout Leaders, Section Assistants and Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leaders).

Main Contacts: District Commissioner, District Explorer Scout Administrator, Explorer Scout Leaders, Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leaders), All Explorer Scouts within the District, GSLs, ACC (Explorer Scouts), local Scout Network Co-ordinators, County Scout Network Administrator, County Scout Network Commissioner, District Executive Committee members and Scout Section Leaders.

Appointment Requirements: Must successfully complete the appointment process (including acceptable personal enquiries and acceptance of The Scout Association's policies). Must complete Getting Started within 5 months of appointment and other relevant training (a wood badge) within three years of taking up the role.

It's expected that whilst volunteering for this role you will undertake regulated activity.

Main Tasks:

  • Ensure that a safe, exciting and stimulating Balanced Programme is run for Explorer Scouts across the District taking into account the needs interests and abilities of the young people across the Section.
  • Ensure all Explorer Scouts have the opportunity to participate in the Platinum and Diamond Chief Scout’s Awards, the Queen’s Scout Award and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
  • Ensure there are adequate numbers of Leaders, and that they're supported and trained.
  • Ensure that all Unit Leaders, Assistant Leaders and Section Assistants in the District have access to a Training Adviser and carry out their specific learning and are keeping adequate records of the
    development of their Personal Learning Plan.
  • Ensure that there is an adequate provision of Explorer Scouting in the District.
  • Ensure the safe delivery of the programme across the District in accordance with the Policy, Organisation and Rules of The Scout Association.
  • Maintain a good working relationship with the District Executive Committee, to ensure that all Explorer Scout Units are adequately and appropriately funded.
  • Ensure that Partnership Agreements are made between Units and any supporting bodies, and ratified by all parties (Unit, District and supporting body).
  • Ensure that all Units have adequate access to funds, equipment and buildings by ensuring that all Partnership Agreements are reviewed/updated regularly.
  • Ensure with the DESA efficient administration of the District databases and finances, and enable regular communication of information to youth members and Leaders in the District.
  • Set up District Explorer Scout Forum to ensure that youth members have the opportunity to contribute to the programme and management of Explorer Scouting in the district.
  • Ensure there is an active forum in each Explorer Scout Unit.
  • Hold a regular District Explorer Scout Meeting, at least annually.
  • Ensure good relationships exist between Explorer Scout Leaders, DESA and the Group Scout Leaders and Scout Leaders to enable and encourage the moving on process from Scouts to Explorer Scouts.
  • Actively encourage the moving on process from the Explorer Scout Section to the Scout Network.
  • Ensure the development of a Young Leaders Unit with the ESL (YL) and ensure all Young Leaders receive adequate training, whilst given full access to the wider District Explorer Scout programme.
  • Regularly Review the District provision of Explorer Scouting.
  • Maintain effective communication with the DC, ESLs, DESA, GSLs, SLs, ACC (ES) and the County Scout Network Commissioner and local Scout Network Co-ordinators.
  • Any other tasks as agreed with District Commissioner.

FS330050

Outline: The Explorer Scout Leader is the Section Leader for an Explorer Scout Unit. They are responsible for developing and providing quality Explorer Scouting and working with the District Explorer Scout Commissioner in developing and supporting Explorer Scouting in the District as a whole. This may be with the help of Assistant Explorer Scout Leaders, Section Assistants, Young Leaders and members of Scout Active Support as appropriate. Some of the tasks for which the Explorer Scout Leader is responsible may be delegated to others in the Unit, including Assistant Leaders and Section Assistants.

Responsible to: District Explorer Scout Commissioner.

Main Contacts: Explorer Scouts, parents/carers of Explorer Scouts, District Explorer Scout Commissioner, District Explorer Scout Administrator, Assistant Explorer Scout Leaders, Section Assistants, Assistant County Commissioner (Explorer Scouts), Group Scout Leaders, Scout Leaders, County Scout Network Commissioner, Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leader).

Appointment requirements: Must successfully complete the appointment process (including acceptable personal enquiries and acceptance of The Scout Association's policies). During the five months of Provisional Appointment the relevant Getting Started modules must be completed. A Wood Badge must be completed within three years of Full Appointment, and ongoing safeguarding and safety training completed as required. It's expected that whilst volunteering for this role you will
undertake regulated activity.

Main Tasks

Delivery of a Balanced Programme:

  • Delivery of a safe, exciting and stimulating Balanced Programme for the Explorer Scout Section taking into account the needs, interests and abilities of the Explorer Scouts.
  • Ensure the safe delivery of the programme in accordance with the Policy, Organisation and Rules of The Scout Association.
  • Ensure that every Explorer Scout in the Unit has the opportunity to attend at least one night’s away experience each year.
  • Actively support and promote the achievement of badges and awards in particular Platinum and Diamond Chief Scout’s Awards, the Queen’s Scout Award, Explorer Belt and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
  • Actively co-operate with others at Group, District and County level to promote the Moving On Awards. This includes young people moving from the Scout Section to the Explorer Scout Section;
    or from the Explorer Scout Section to the Scout Network. This also includes promoting all options available to people within Scouting when reaching 18. These include Scout Network membership, Scout Active Support membership, and the full variety of adult appointments.
  • Actively work with other adults in the District and County, or with Groups, to support and promote District or multi-section activities and events.
  • Ensure that every member of the Unit has the opportunity to participate in all Explorer Scout activities within the District.
  • Ensure that those Explorer Scouts who want the opportunity to participate in the Young Leaders’ Scheme can do so.

Operation of the Section:

  • Work with the District Explorer Scout Commissioner and others to support recruiting and inducting appropriate Assistant Explorer Scout Leaders and Section Assistants.
  • Agree responsibilities with Assistant Explorer Scout Leaders, Section Assistants and other adult helpers, taking into account the development of the individual’s leadership potential.
  • Ensure accurate records are kept of the personal details and Scouting achievements of Explorers in the Unit in accordance with the Data Protection Act and pass these records to the County Scout Network Administrator when the Explorer Scout reaches the age of 17 or prior to moving to the Scout Network.
  • Regularly review the operation of the Unit and contribute to the review of the District programme.
  • Make and maintain good relationships with parents/carers of the Explorer Scouts.

Wider District tasks:

  • Follow the District’s financial procedures which must be in accordance with POR.
  • Attend and contribute to relevant District and County meetings. These may include meetings of the District Scout Council, District Explorer Scout Planning Forum and District Explorer Scout Meeting,
    and other meetings of leaders at District and County level.
  • If the Explorer Scout Unit has a partnership agreement with a Scout Group, attend and contribute to relevant Group meetings. These may include meetings of the Group Council(s) and Group Executive Committee(s).

Any of the above tasks for which the Explorer Scout Leader is responsible may be delegated to others in the Section, including Assistant Leaders and Section Assistants.

The only task that cannot be delegated is membership of the Group Executive Committee for Units with a Partnership Agreement (if the individual indicates their willingness to do so at the AGM).

FS3300051

Outline: Support the operation of the Section. In particular, assisting to provide and develop quality Explorer Scouting and the planning and delivery of the Balanced Programme, with the help of other Section Leaders, Assistant Section Leaders, Section Assistants, Young Leaders and members of Scout Active Support as appropriate. Some of the tasks for which the Assistant Section Leader is responsible may be delegated to others in the Section, including other Section Leaders, Assistant Section Leaders and Section Assistants.

Responsible to: District Explorer Scout Commissioner.

Main Contacts: Explorer Scouts, parents/carers of Explorer Scouts, District Explorer Scout Commissioner, District Explorer Scout Administrator, Assistant Explorer Scout Leaders, Section Assistants, Assistant County Commissioner (Explorer Scouts), Group Scout Leaders, Scout Leaders, County Scout Network Commissioner, Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leader).

Appointment requirements: Must successfully complete the appointment process (including acceptable personal enquiries and acceptance of The Scout Association's policies). During the five months of Provisional Appointment the relevant Getting Started modules must be completed. A Wood Badge must be completed within three years of Full Appointment, and ongoing safeguarding and safety training completed as required.

It's expected that whilst volunteering for this role you will undertake regulated activity.

Main Tasks

Delivery of a Balanced Programme:

  • Support the delivery of a safe, exciting and stimulating Balanced Programme for the Explorer Scout Section taking into account the needs, interests and abilities of the Explorer Scouts.
  • Support the safe delivery of the programme in accordance with the Policy, Organisation and Rules of The Scout Association.
  • Support the Explorer Scout Leader in ensuring that every Explorer Scout in the Unit has the opportunity to attend at least one night’s away experience each year.
  • Actively support and promote the achievement of badges and awards, in particular Platinum and Diamond Chief Scout’s Awards, the Queen’s Scout Award, Explorer Belt and the Duke of Edinburgh’s
    Award Scheme.
  • Actively co-operate with others at Group, District and County level to promote the Moving On Awards. This includes young people moving from the Scout Section to the Explorer Scout Section; or from the Explorer Scout Section to the Scout Network. This also includes promoting all options available to people within Scouting when reaching 18. These include Scout Network membership, Scout Active Support membership, and the full variety of adult appointments.
  • Actively work with other adults in the District, or with Groups, to support and promote District or multisection activities and events
    Support the Explorer Scout Leader to ensure that every member of the Unit has the opportunity to participate in all Explorer Scout activities within the District.
  • Support the Explorer Scout Leader to ensure that those Explorer Scouts who want the opportunity to participate in the Young Leaders’ Scheme can do so.
  • Support the Explorer Scout Leader to ensure that all Explorer Scouts have input into the programme and the running of the Unit and are able to review it. This may be through the use of a Unit or District Forum, or through other suitable methods.

Operation of the Section:

  • Work with the Explorer Scout Leader, District Explorer Scout Commissioner and others to support recruiting and inducting appropriate Assistant Explorer Scout Leaders and Section Assistants.
  • Ensure accurate records are kept of the young people in the Section in accordance with the Data Protection Act and pass these records to the County Scout Network Administrator when the Explorer
    Scout reaches the age of 17 or prior to moving to the Scout Network.
  • Regularly review the operation of the Unit and contribute to the review of the District programme.
  • Make and maintain good relationships with parents/carers of the Explorer Scouts.

Wider District Tasks:

  • Follow the District’s financial procedures which must be in accordance with POR.
  • Attend and contribute to relevant District and County meetings. These may include meetings of the District and Scout Council, District Explorer Scout Planning Forum and District Explorer Scout Meeting, and other meetings of leaders at District and County level.
  • If the Explorer Scout Unit has a partnership agreement with a Scout Group, attend and contribute to relevant Group meetings. These may include meetings on the Group (Council(s).

Outline: Section Assistants are adult volunteers who assist the Section Leaders and Assistant Section Leaders in delivering the programme to young people in Scouting.

Responsible to: District Explorer Scout Commissioner.

Main Contacts: Young people, parents/carers, Section Leaders, other Section-based volunteers, Group Scout Leader or District Explorer Scout Commissioner, Young Leaders.

Appointment requirements: Must successfully complete the appointment process (including acceptable personal enquiries and acceptance of The Scout Association's policies). Complete Getting Started training requirements within 5 months of full appointment.

It's expected that whilst volunteering for this role you will undertake regulated activity.

Main Tasks

Delivery of a Balanced Programme:

  • Running games and activities as part of weekly section meetings and other section events.
  • Assisting young people to achieve badges and awards.
  • Assisting with residential experiences for the section.
  • Assisting the section with taking part in a varied, exciting and safe programme of activities.

Note: any other tasks are to be agreed with the Line Manager.

 

FS330049

Outline: The Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leader) is the Section Leader for an Explorer Scout (Young Leader) Unit. They are responsible for developing and ensuring quality training and supervision of Young Leaders within the District. This includes ensuring that this provision is open to all Explorer Scouts in the District. This may be done with the help of Assistant Leaders, Section Assistants and members of Scout Active Support as appropriate. Some of the tasks for which the Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leader) is responsible may be delegated to others in the Unit, including Assistant Leaders and Section Assistants.

Responsible to: District Explorer Scout Commissioner (DESC)

Main Contacts: District Explorer Scout Commissioner, District Explorer Scout Administrator, Explorer Scouts, Young Leaders, parent/carers of Explorer Scouts and Young Leaders, Assistant Explorer Scout Leaders (Young Leaders), Unit Assistants, Assistant County/Area/Regional Commissioner (Explorers), Group Scout Leaders, Section Leaders and leadership teams for Beaver, Cub and Scout sections, District Scout Council.

Appointment requirements: Must successfully complete the appointment process (including acceptable personal enquiries and acceptance of The Scout Association's policies). During the five months of Provisional Appointment the relevant Getting Started modules must be completed. A Wood Badge must be completed within three years of Full Appointment, and ongoing safeguarding and safety training completed as required.

It's expected that whilst volunteering for this role you will undertake regulated activity.

Main Tasks

Delivery of a Balanced Programme:

  • Establish and operate the District Young Leaders’ Unit.
  • Ensure the safe delivery of the Young Leaders’ training scheme in accordance with the Policy, Organisation and Rules of The Scout Association.
  • Actively co-operate with others at Group, District and County level to promote the Moving On Awards. This includes promoting all options available to people within Scouting when reaching 18. These include Scout Network membership, Scout Active support membership, and the full variety of adult appointments.
  • Ensure that the modules of the Young Leaders’ Scheme are delivered on a regular basis, available and accessible to all Young Leaders in the District, and encourage all Young Leaders to take part in the modules and missions.
  • Ensure that all Young Leaders are able to complete Module A within 3 months of becoming a Young Leader.
  • Ensure that Explorer Scouts who want to have the opportunity to participate in the Young Leaders’ Scheme can do so.
  • Actively promote and recognise the completion of the missions and the Young Leader Belt Buckle.
  • Ensure that all Young Leaders have input into the Young Leaders’ Unit programme and are able to review it. This may be through the use of a Unit or District Forum, or through other suitable methods.
    Ensure Section Leaders understand the missions and how to help Young Leaders achieve them.

Operation of the section:

  • Work with the District Explorer Scout Commissioner and others to support recruiting and inducting appropriate Assistant Explorer Scout Leaders (Young Leaders) and Unit Assistants.
  • Agree responsibilities with Assistant Explorer Scout Leaders (Young Leaders), Unit Assistants and other adult helpers, taking into account the development of the individual’s leadership potential.
  • Co-ordinate appropriate adults to deliver the Young Leaders’ Scheme training modules.
  • Ensure accurate records are kept of the personal details and Scouting achievements of Young Leaders in the Unit in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
  • Regularly review the operation of the Unit, and of the Young Leaders’ Scheme provision in the District, and contribute to review of the District programme.
  • Make and maintain good relationships with parents/carers of the Young Leaders.
  • Make and maintain good relationships with Group Scout Leaders and Section Leaders through regular visits to make sure Young Leaders are receiving the right support.
  • Ensure that all Young Leaders are adequately supervised in whichever section they work.

Wider District tasks:

  • Follow the District’s financial procedures which must be in accordance with POR.
  • Attend and contribute to relevant District and County meetings.
  • These may include meetings of the District Scout Council, District Explorer Scout Planning Forum and District Explorer Scout Meeting, and other meetings of Leaders at District and County level.

Skills for an Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leader):

  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong communication and inter-personal skills
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills
  • Able to think creatively
  • Able to motivate and challenge young people
  • Able to encourage participation
  • Able to handle and resolve conflict effectively
  • Able to build and maintain relationships
  • Strong organisation
  • Flexible and adaptable

FS330047

Outline: Maintaining a free flow of information across the District to ensure that every Explorer Scout has access to the full Explorer Scout Programme offered by every Explorer Scout Unit and across the District.

Responsible for: N\A

Responsible to: District Explorer Scout Commissioner

Main Contacts: District Explorer Scout Commissioner, Explorer Scout Leaders, Explorer Scout Leaders (Young Leaders), Assistant Explorer Scout Leaders. All Explorer Scouts within the District, Group Scout Leaders, Scout Leaders, County Scout Network Commissioner, local Scout Network Co-ordinators, and County Scout Network Administrator.

Appointment Requirements: To understand and accept The Scout Association’s policies, have a satisfactory DBS clearance and Completion of Module 1, Essential Information. Computer skills relating to database and spreadsheet management, access to email and the Internet would also be useful.

It's expected that whilst volunteering for this role you will undertake regulated activity.

Main Tasks

  • Development and upkeep of the District Explorer Scout Records.
  • Keep and maintain records of all Partnership Agreements set up between supporting bodies and
  • Explorer Scout Units and that all subsequent updated copies are also kept.
  • Keep records of all Explorer Scout meetings held at District level.
  • Liaise with GSL(s) and Scout Leader(s) in order to maintain a register of Scout Section members over the age of 13, to assist recruitment in Explorer Scout Units through the effective use of the moving on award.
  • Communicate with potential Explorer Scouts to make them aware of the opportunities available to them in Explorer Scouting.
  • Inform the CSNC and local Scout Network Co-ordinators of all potential Network members.
  • Maintain a high level of Communication with all Explorer Scouts and Explorer Scout Leaders in the District, to assist retention.
  • Any other tasks as agreed with District Explorer Scout Commissioner.

AAC (Explorer Scouts)

FS330003

Outline: To work in partnership with Area Commissioner to ensure effective operation of the Explorer Scout Section in their Area in accordance with the rules as laid down in POR of The Scout Association.

Responsible for: Area Leaders (if applicable)

Responsible to: Area Commissioner

Main Contacts: AC, DCs, DESC, DESA, other AACs, ASNC, ASNA, District and Area Advisers, Area Administrator, Field Commissioners, UK and Country HQ, Country Commissioner (Explorer Scouts) UK Adviser (Explorer Scouts), AAC (Explorer Scouts) from other Areas, GirlGuiding UK, Schools and other local Youth Organisations.

Appointment Requirements: To understand and accept The Scout Association’s policies, have a satisfactory CRB Clearance, Completion of Wood Badge, which includes the Section Supporter Modules as detailed in the Adult’s Personal File and The Scout Association’s Adult Training Scheme.

General Main Tasks:

  • Ensure purpose, method, policies and programme are carried out throughout the Explorer Scout Section in the Area
  • Assist District Explorer Scout Commissioners in the encouragement of all Leaders in the Explorer Scout Section to provide a balanced
    programme
  • Co-operate with DCs to support all Leaders and Commissioners in matters relating to the Explorer Scout Section and its Leaders
  • Promote and encourage in the Explorer Scout Section the implementation of all policies of The Scout Association, especially the key policies as laid down in Chapter 2 of POR
  • Liaise with Area Administrators
  • Maintain a working relationship with DCs, DESCs, DESAs and other Commissioners within the Area
  • Work in partnership with AC in the management of the Area and the Explorer Scout Section’s programme and activities
  • Support the AC and the Regional Training Manager/ATM with the learning needs of Leaders and Commissioners in the Explorer Scout Section
  • Maintain contact relevant to the Explorer Scout Section age group with in the local community
  • Promote the Explorer Scout Section to the local Community
  • Support the AC in the development of the Area
  • Run regular meetings of DESCs.

Note: any other specific tasks are to be agreed with the Area Commissioner.

ACC (Explorer Scouts)

FS330014 

Outline: To work in partnership with the County Commissioner to ensure effective operation of the Explorer Scout Section in their County in accordance with the rules as laid down in POR of The Scout Association.

Responsible for: County Leaders (if applicable)

Responsible to: County Commissioner

Main Contacts: CC, DCs, DESCs, DESAs, other ACCs, CSNC, CSNA, District and County Advisers, County Administrator FDOs, HQ, UK Adviser (Explorer Scouts), ACC (Explorer Scouts) from other Counties, GirlGuiding UK, Schools and other local Youth Organisations.

Appointment Requirements: To understand and accept The Scout Association’s policies, have a satisfactory CRB Clearance, Completion of Wood Badge, which includes the Section Supporter Modules as detailed in the Adult’s Personal File and The Scout Association’s Adult Training Scheme.

General Main Tasks

  • Ensure purpose, method, policies and programme are carried out throughout the Explorer Scout Section in the County
  • Assist DESCs in the encouragement of all Leaders in the Explorer Scout Section to provide a balanced programme
  • Co-operate with DCs to support all Leaders and Commissioners in matters relating to the Explorer Scout Section and its Leaders
  • Promote and encourage in the Explorer Scout Section the implementation of all policies of The Scout Association, especially the key policies as laid down in Chapter 2 of POR
  • Maintain a working relationship with DCs, DESCs, DESAs and other Commissioners within the County
  • Work in partnership with CC in the management of the County and the Explorer Scout Section’s programme and activities
  • Support the CC and the CTM with the learning needs of Leaders and Commissioners in the Explorer Scout Section
  • Maintain contact relevant to the Explorer Scout Section age group within the local community
  • Promote the Explorer Scout Section to the local Community
  • Support the CC in the development of the County
  • Run regular meetings of DESCs.

Note: any other specific tasks are to be agreed with the County Commissioner.

Executive Committee Roles

Executive Committee roles are also run at a District level. If you can't see what you're looking for here, take a look at the Executive Committee role descriptions.