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Feedback and Decisions

Feedback and Decisions

Once the final options are decided upon and prioritised these should be presented, together with recommendations, to the appropriate Commissioner. They in turn, should then present the information and recommendations to the appropriate decision-making body.

The decision-making body for changes to the boundaries of a Scout District is the relevant County/Area Trustee Board. The decision to change County/Area boundaries rests with the Trustee Board or the appropriate Country HQ.

In any cases of doubt, guidance should be sought from The Secretary’s Department at Gilwell Park. Once the relevant committee has considered the options, it may be necessary to undertake a final period of consultation before a decision is made. However the final decision lies firmly with the appropriate County/Area Trustee Board for District reviews and the Trustee Board / Country HQ for County/Area reviews.

Once the decision has been made the implementation of the decisions should be addressed.

Communicating the Decision

Once the appropriate committee has made the decision must be communicated to all those involved.

Inevitably some people will find it difficult to accept the decisions and may need further explanation to help understand the benefits to Scouting as a whole. Others will want to move forward quickly, which may in itself have its own drawbacks.

It's worth considering in what order people should be informed and how quickly the process of communication can be completed. Remember that once the decision is made people will start their own informal communication. It's important that a formal communication is made to ensure that all those involved receive a consistent and correct message about the changes.


The appropriate Commissioner should appoint an individual to lead the implementation phase. They will need to produce an implementation plan, part of which will deal with the ongoing communication process.