Welcome to the Group Scout Leaders toolkit!
The role of Group Scout Leader (known as the GSL), is interesting, challenging, exciting and rewarding and this toolkit has been designed to help you in your role.
All Scout Groups need a GSL, in fact they are key to the success of the Group. Supporting and managing the adult leadership team, ensuring that they have the resources needed to run their sections, making sure that the local community knows about the group and that the sections provide a warm welcome to everyone who wants to be involved, are the main responsibilities of the role.
Additionally, the Group Scout Leader works in partnership with the Group Chairman and together they lead the Group Executive Committee, the board of trustees that run the Scout Group.
Great scouting happens at group level so the GSL is vital in ensuring that the best possible Scouting is available for young people in the area. It is hoped this toolkit will answer a lot of the questions you might ask and it may prompt you to ask further questions such as:
‘How can I help the leaders and supporters in my Group?’
‘How do I motivate the leaders and support with whom I work?’
‘What is my role at the Group Executive Committee meetings?’
The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. — Warren Bennis.
How to use this toolkit
This toolkit is by way of a guide and is not intended to replace training or the help and support that the District Commissioner, District Team and the Cotswold Edge Scouts Development Service can offer.
How you use this guide is your choice. It is divided into different topics which give you quick, practical support. Hopefully, you will want to read and use it all, but there may be occasions when you just want to pull out a specific section. You may wish to add your own notes or documents which you feel would be useful. There are also pages which you can photocopy and use.