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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

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Trustee Boards

Understand how Trustee Boards support Scouts at Group, District and County level

Team Description 


The Trustee Board is a team of volunteers who work together, as charity trustees, to make sure Scouts is run safely and legally. At the heart of their role is a focus on strategy, performance and assurance. Effective Trustee Board governance helps our volunteers deliver fantastic programmes that give young people skills for life. 

  • Chair 
  • Treasurer 
  • Trustees

Other volunteers are automatically Trustees because of their roles in Scouts: 

  • Group / District / County Lead Volunteer
  • District / County Youth Lead 

All Trustees are equally responsible, but they might decide to split the tasks between them.  

Trustees work together to make sure Groups, Districts, and Counties:  

Manage money well 

  • Have enough money for now and in the future. This means having a reserves policy and making sure fundraising takes place, if it’s needed.
  • Have a budget in place. Trustees then agree how to manage the budget with other volunteer teams.

Follow Scouts policies and relevant legislation 

  • Follow PORkey policies (including safety, safeguarding, data protection, and equality, diversity and inclusion), and charity regulations. 
  • Follow employment law if staff are employed, and act as a responsible employer in line with relevant legislation and Scout values. Make sure effective line management is in place for each staff member, which can be delegated to others. 
  • Create Trustees Annual Report and Statement of Accounts 
  • Have Statement of Accounts audited by an appropriate person before the Annual General Meeting. If they’re a registered charity, they’ll need to share it with the charity regulator. 
  • Hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM). 

Look after buildings, insurance and property  

  • Look after records of ownership of property and equipment.   
  • Have the right insurance for people, buildings, and equipment.  
  • Make sure buildings and equipment are working well.  

Manage risks  

  • Maintain a risk register and put the right risk mitigations in place.   

Help the charity to operate well, today and in the future  

  • Work with Lead Volunteers to meet their charity aims. 
  • Champion Our Volunteering Culture, and make sure volunteers are aware of it, reflect on it, commit to it, and apply it in their teams.  

 In carrying out the above, Trustees also:  

  • Make sure records of Trustee Board meetings are kept, and complete any actions that are agreed.  
  • Run open selection processes for appointing Trustees.
  • Co-opt Trustees onto the Board if they need people with particular skills or knowledge.
  • Get expert advice, if needed. This could be on health and safety, managing money, buildings, equipment, or employment.
  • Network with other Scouts Trustees to share knowledge and experience.  


  • Lead the Trustee Board.
  • Plan when Trustee Board meetings should take place, and decide what to talk about at each meeting.
  • Lead Trustee Board meetings and the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
  • Liaise with Lead Volunteers.
  • Lead recruitment for new Trustees.
  • Support other Trustees by organising inductions, making reasonable adjustments (where needed), checking in to see how they’re getting on, and carrying out annual reviews.


  • Look after finances, such as making sure Groups/Districts/Counties are collecting all membership fees and making all payments. 
  • Share details about income and spend with other Trustees. 
  • Make sure Gift Aid is being claimed.   
  • Make sure proper accounts are kept and draw up policies on finance and investment.  

All Trustees must complete:

  • The learning everyone needs
  • Being a Scouts Trustee

You can find out more about our learning content on the learning page.

Helpful Resources

We've compiled some of the most useful resources for Team Members and Team Leaders to look through, to help them understand their responsibilities. These links don't cover everything though, and Team Leaders should make sure that all the tasks on the Team Description are being carried out.

What you need to do to be ready for change

There are simple actions that all volunteers can take to make sure that they, and their team, are ready for change. From making sure that data is up-to-date, to understanding the changes, and how processes may change locally. 

Find out what you need to do to prepare for change

Information for volunteers who lead teams

There are some responsibilities that sit with Team Leaders, such as welcoming volunteers to the team, and making sure that everyone knows what tasks they're working on, and has the support they need.

Read our guidance for Lead Volunteers and Team Leaders