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Volunteering at Scouts is changing to help us reach more young people

Volunteering is changing to help us reach more young people

Volunteering is changing at Scouts. Read more

Discover what this means

Recruiting new trustees

Resources to help you reach out to more people, provide information about what trustees do, and welcome new trustees.

Executive Committees are known as Trustee Boards. This came into effect for members in Scotland in July 2023, and all others from April 2023. 'Executive Committee' and associated wording will still be visible on Compass and the website as we move to our new way of volunteering.

To learn more about what we are doing to improve how we volunteer at Scouts, visit the Volunteer Experience webpages.

Stage 1: Attract - Let people know you're looking for trustees

At this first stage, the goal is to spark curiosity on these exciting roles. It’s time to make some noise, and let everyone know you’re looking for trustees. The more people you reach, the better! Use the resources below to promote on different platforms.


On social media

Make some noise with these ready to go template posts:

With your network
With your community

Being a trustee is a fantastic opportunity for those new to Scouts too!

To watch in full screen, double click the video

With young people

We want to be youth shaped, and having young trustees helps to ensure young people’s views are considered when making decisions.  


Stage 2: Engage - Provide the right information at the right time

Now that you've got a couple of people interested in becoming a trustee, it's time to give them a bit more information and give them a chance to "have a go". 

Trustee Info Pack

A pack for potential new trustees to help them understand what trustees do and what they'll gain from the experience.

You can also read the Trustee Info Pack online.

Four-Step Challenge

Explore how you can give potential trustees a gradual introduction to Scouts and the role.



Stage 3: Prepare - Welcome and induct new trustees

Have you found someone great volunteers for your trustee role? Now it's time to get them officially onboard, make them feel at home and help them settle in. Don't forget, the legal requirements for the trustee role can vary slightly between nations. Speak to your local team if you are unsure about the details!

Making it official

How to appoint your new trustees to your team. 

Welcoming new trustees

Read the five top tips for welcoming a new trustee.

Starting as a trustee

Basic information on what to expect and our learning opportunities.