There are two main roles for adults in scouting: working with young people and supporting those who work with young people. As a Group Scout Leader you are a manager, managing a team of leaders that run the sections of your group.
Being a manager in scouting
You might not think of yourself as a ‘manager’ but, you are. Your role is to support other adult volunteers so they are motivated and inspired to provide first class scouting for young people. Whether it’s someone to talk to or thank them, or practical help with recruiting other volunteers, they need you and scouting needs you. Being a GSL is a challenging, important and rewarding role.
Being a manager in scouting is a really important and rewarding role, but sometimes it can be tricky. This handbook gives you easy access to a wide range of resources and tools to help you with the challenging aspects of your vital role, from chairing group leadership team meetings to problem solving.
An Introduction to Leadership and Management in Scouting
We know that inspired and motivated adults provide first class scouting opportunities for young people. We also know that one of the most frequent comments from leaders is that they want better support.
Unfortunately many people in scouting are reluctant to use the word “manager” and to accept that they are managers. Some people argue that we begin to sound more like work than a hobby by using the word manager. But this misses the point that good management in scouting is simply about providing effective support and good leadership to our adults. Without a good “support manager” who is there to help our leaders provide excellent scouting experiences? Who is there to inspire exciting weekly programmes? And, who will thank them for all their hard work to make sure we keep them?
The Scout Association believes that volunteers in management positions should adopt an approach to management that combines the traditional roles of leadership and management, on the basis that managers should also be good leaders and provide direction and motivation to those they lead. To make this easier, we have identified six main skills areas that relate directly to our scouting environment:
|Skill Area||As an effective manager in Scouting you will:|
|Providing direction||Create a vision for scouting in your group and provide clear leadership to implement that vision|
|Working with people||Create a team spirit and work effectively with people in your group based on trust and the fundamentals of scouting.|
|Achieving results||Ensure that goals are achieved, plans are seen through to completion and that good relationships are maintained with parents of young people in your group and your local community.|
|Enabling change||Encourage people to think of creative ways to improve scouting in your group and then implement the appropriate improvements.|
|Managing your time and personal skills||Use your time effectively and continue to learn and improve the skills that you bring to your role.|
Each of these areas is then further defined for each of the main management roles in scouting. The definition for Group Scout Leaders is as follows:
|Working with people||
|Managing your time and personal skills||