UK Scouting is divided into around 160 Scout Counties. Within a County, there are a number of Scout Districts, and within a District there are a number of Scout Groups. The three youngest Sections - Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, make up the Scout Group, of which there are around 8,000 across the country. The District also supports Explorer Scouts units and the Scout Network at District level.
Leaders are responsible for planning and delivering the Programme to the young people in their Section. They also provide support to the other adults in their Section, including Assistant Leaders and Section Assistants.
Beaver, Cub and Scout Leaders are supported by the Group Scout Leader (GSL), whose responsibilities include making sure that the Group has a team of suitable adults who are well trained and supported.
Explorer Scout Leaders are supported by the District Explorer Scout Commissioner (DESC) and Scout Network Leaders by the District Scout Network Commissioner (DSNC).
The District Commissioner (DC) supports everyone in the District and in particular the Group Scout Leaders in the District they also lead a District Team who are responsible for supporting the leaders in each of the sections, (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network).
DCs are supported by a County Commissioner (CC) and the County Team. Scout Counties are made up of a number of Scout Districts.
Each Group, District and County elects an Executive Committee - a body of elected trustees including a Chair, a Secretary, a Treasurer and a number of Members.
The Group, District or County Executive Committee works with the relevant volunteer manager (GSL or relevant Commissioner), to ensure that the Scout County, District or Group operates in accordance with the Policy, Organisation and Rules of the Association and the rules of the Charity Commission. The Chair manages meetings and is responsible for the members of the Committee, the Secretary provides administrative support and the Treasurer provides support with financial matters.
The Line Management structure in our area is as follows:
These people have responsibility for a number of things – developing Scouting, ensuring safety, and that the policies of The Scout Association are upheld. They also manage and support adult volunteers in Scouting. For any adult in Scouting, their ‘Line Manager’ will always be a regular point of call for support.