There are a number of different meetings for you to attend in your role as a Group Scout Leader, these include…
Group Leaders’ meetings
This meeting is called and chaired by you and how often you meet can be decided by you and your leadership team.
The purpose of these meetings is to give your leaders the opportunity to come together and discuss any topics that effect all sections of the group, to plan the effect transition of members from between sections, decide on and plan any group activities and events and to identify things that need to be discussed and address by the group executive committee or fed back at the district group scout leaders meetings. It’s important to make these meetings interesting, enjoyable and relevant to those who attend.
Group Executive Committee meetings
The group executive committee exists to support you in meeting the responsibilities of your appointment and to take responsibility for the administrative side of scouting to enable the group to function effectively.
Your group executive committee should meet as regularly as it feels necessary, on average this will be between four and six times a year. See our executive committee pages for more information on the role and responsibilities of the group Executive committee.
District Group Scout Leaders’ meetings
This meeting is called by the District Commissioner or their appointed deputy and its format will depend on your District. You have two roles at the meeting. One is as yourself — an individual with ideas, views and suggestions. The other is as a Group Scout Leader, where you need to represent the views of the sections in your group. This is not always an easy task, especially when the views are different from your own.
At this meeting you will also receive support from other GSLs from around the district, and will be able to discuss matters including; district events, to decide if they meet the needs of your group. Some information from national headquarters, (UKHQ) and the county will come to you via this meeting.
The District Leaders’ meeting (optional)
This meeting is called and led by the district team and gives your section leaders the opportunity to come together with other section leaders in the district and give one another mutual support and encouragement. It is an opportunity to communicate, and a method for passing on information to make sure everyone is informed about developments, locally and nationally. This is an optional meeting for GSLs and you can attend and join in if you wish.
You might be asked to attend other meetings, for example district sub-committees, annual general meetings and district planning meetings. In such instances, ask why you are attending. Is it your personal view which is required, your view as a Group Scout Leader or the District view? All of these may affect the way you respond!