Group Scout Leader
The Group Scout Leader (GSL) ensures the effective operation of
the Scout Group. The Scout Group consists of the three younger
sections - Beavers (aged 6-8), Cubs (aged 8-10½) and Scouts (aged
The Group Scout Leader is responsible for ensuring that the
Group has a team of 'fit and proper' adults who are well inducted
and supported, and that a Balanced Programme is being delivered to
all young people in the Group.
A Group Scout Leader is responsible for all Leaders and
Assistant Leaders in the Scout Group. This means that it is the
ideal role for someone who is interested in working with both
adults and young people.
The District Commissioner is responsible for Scouting in their
particular area. So a District Commissioner (DC) supports the
Groups in their District.
DCs are responsible for ensuring that their area has a team of
'fit and proper' adults who are well inducted and supported.
This is an ideal role for adults who wish to work primarily with
other adults as they are directly responsible for all adults with a
Local Training Manager
Local Training Managers are in charge of Training Advisers. They
are responsible for making sure that all adults new to Scouting are
assigned a Training Adviser. They also assist the County Training
Manager in the provision of training in their particular area.
The Chairman of a Committee will manage meetings and will work
with the relevant Commissioner or Group Scout Leader to ensure the
Scout District or Group operates in accordance with the Policy,
Organisation and Rules of the Association.
This is the ideal role for adults who do not necessarily wish to
work directly with young people, but who are committed to the
purpose, aims and development of Scouting.
Chairmen are responsible for members of the Committee, including
the Treasurer and Secretary.
Treasurers assist the Chairman in the effective administration
of the Scout County/Area, District or Group by providing financial
support. This could mean setting the annual budget or completing
This role is ideal for someone who does not necessarily want to
work directly with young people, but who is comfortable working
with figures and budgets.
Secretaries assist the Chairman in the effective administration
of the Scout County/Area, District or Group by providing sound
administrative support. This could mean ensuring the completion of
the annual census or maintaining records of members of the
County/Area, District or Group.
This is the ideal role for someone who does not necessarily want
to work directly with young people, but who is organised and enjoys
Training Advisers work with other adults, making sure that they
have the knowledge and skills to be effective in their roles. They
act to support adults in their training by explaining how the Scout
Association's Adult Training Scheme works, by agreeing Personal
Learning Plans, validating the relevant modules and by keeping
records of their progress.
Fundraisers provide Scouting with necessary funds. They may be
in charge of raising funds for a new headquarters, for new
equipment or even to send a section or Group on an activity or
camp. Fundraisers are responsible for organising the way in which
money can be raised, be it through a sponsored walk, a lottery
grant or public collections.