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Every section (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network) has a Leader. The Leader has overall responsibility for the running of the section. This means planning and delivering the Balanced Programme with the help of Assistant Leaders and section Assistants.

Section Leaders can choose to lead one of the following sections:

  • Beavers (aged 6-8)
  • Cubs (aged 8-10½)
  • Scouts (aged 10½-14)
  • Explorers (aged 14-18)
  • Network (aged 18-25)

Leaders are responsible for the young people in the section and for any adults helping to deliver the Programme.

Assistant Leader

Assistant Leaders support the section Leader in delivering the Balanced Programme. This can mean anything from helping to plan and run games or activities, or helping to keep records up to date. The responsibilities of an Assistant Leader will depend on their own interests and on what they agree with the Leader.

Assistant Leaders are supported by section Assistants, as well as by other Assistant Leaders.

Section Assistant

All our sections need helpers. Outdoor activities and nights away require a certain number of adults in relation to the number of young people. So by helping out whenever they can, section Assistants could be enabling an extra 6 (in the case of Beavers) or 12 (in the case of Scouts) young people to participate in Scouting.

More importantly, section Assistants provide invaluable support to Leaders and Assistant Leaders. Regularly attending meetings to collect subs (fees) or to make refreshments means that the Leaders have more time to deliver the programme to young people.

Occasional Helper/Parent

Parents and family members are encouraged, where possible, to help out a section in some way. Some sections will organise rotas where support can be given once or twice a term by all the parents in the section. This should be used as an opportunity to get involved in what the young people are doing.

Adults who have a specific skill or interest can also choose to run a particular activity or event one evening a term. Such skills are invaluable to Scout Groups and can usually assist young people in gaining, or working towards, a particular badge.

Young Leader (14-18)

The Young Leaders' Scheme is designed for those aged 14-18 who are primarily interested in helping out in one of the younger sections (Beavers, Cubs or Scouts).

Young Leaders will be members of the Explorer Scout section, which means that they can take part in all the activities and opportunities that Scouting in the Explorer Unit or District has to offer.

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