How is it organised?
Scouting is massive, being the largest mixed youth organisation we’ve got more than 450,000 members in the UK alone.
The basic unit of organisation is the Scout Group. This is based in a local community and usually consists of Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scouts.
Some Groups are larger or smaller depending on where they are located. One Group may contain one or two Beaver Scout Colonies, one or two Cub Scout Packs and a Scout Troop. Another may consist only of one section.
A number of Groups in a certain locality constitute a Scout District. A number of Districts make up a County.
All of these Scout units (Groups, Districts, Counties) are governed by the Policy, Organisation and Rules of The Scout Association, which provides the framework in which all Scout units operate.
The Full Story
A Beaver Colony, Cub Pack or Scout Troop. Led by a Section Leader and supported by an Assistant Section Leader. They will be your main point of contact as a parent.
The Scout Group
1st Clevedon, for example. A group is a collection of sections, led by a Group Scout Leader and executive committee. They are responsible for managing the resources and funds available to sections.
The Scout District
We are part of Gordano. A collection of Scout Groups form a Scout District, led by a District Commissioner and supported by Assistant District Commissioners, they are managed by a District Scout Council and District Executive Committee. They provide guidance and support to Scout Groups and their sections.
The District is led by the District Commissioner who is supported by Assistant District Commissioners, District Leaders, Advisers and Administrators. These volunteers provide guidance and support to Scout Groups and their sections.
The Scout County
We are part of Avon. A number of Scout Districts are grouped together to form a Scout County (Area in Wales and Northern Ireland or Region in Scotland). The County is led by a County Commissioner who is supported by Deputy and Assistant County Commissioners, Advisers and Administrators.
The County Scout Council is run in a similar way to the Group and District Scout Council. Some Counties employ staff, such as a County Secretary or a Development Officer. Many Counties also manage Scout campsites and may also employ a warden or campsite manager.