About Support Roles

Scout Active Support allows people to give their time to Scouting on a flexible basis. People can still be involved in Scouting without the full-time commitment of being a leader.

It provides a resource for Managers of local Scouting including Group Scout Leaders, District Commissioners and County/Area Commissioners, who can use it in whichever way is required.

 

All Support roles are for anyone over the age of 18 years. It is a way for adults to volunteer time to Scouting in a flexible way that suits them. It is the Scout Association policy that all adults complete a CRB form, even if they have CRB cover through other organizations.

There is no requirement to have been involved in Scouting before joining. All that is required is a willingness to volunteer some time to support Scouting

 

Examples of Scout Active Support Units

Programme delivery to young people

A District Scout Active Support Unit can be a source of extra adult help in Leader absence. Or they can teach skills that the existing Leader team do not have, such as pioneering.

 

The County Scout Active Support Unit can provide support to Explorer Scouts or the Scout Network when planning international expeditions. This could include fundraising.

 

Development of Scouting

A Group Scout Active Support Unit can provide Training Advisers to all Leaders in the Scout Group. This could include delivering Module 1, Essential Information, to all new adults supporting the Group including parents.

A District Scout Active Support Unit can provide catering at District events during the year. This could include District Sectional Camps, District Meetings and the District AGM.

 

Structure

Scout Active Support Units are managed by a Scout Active Support Manager.

This role is appointed by either the Group Scout Leader, District or County Commissioner, or a nominated adult volunteer.

The commissioner will have responsibility for the operation of Scout Active Support in their District, County or Area – giving more control to County and District Commissioners, whilst reducing the burden of everyday tasks.

 

 

Key volunteer roles

These volunteer roles are instrumental in the setup and running of a Scout Active Support Unit.

 

Group Scout Leader, District Commissioner or County Commissioner

The Group Scout Leader, District Commissioner or County Commissioner has a role in starting and developing a Scout Active Support Unit.

This should be decided upon dependant on the Group, District or County needs. The Group Scout Leader or responsible Commissioner must ensure the Scout Active Support Unit is meeting its purpose and fulfilling a need.

Ultimately the Group Scout Leader, District Commissioner or County Commissioner is responsible for ensuring that line management for the Scout Active Support Unit is in place.

The Group Scout Leader, District Commissioner or County Commissioner may fulfil this role, or nominate another person to undertake this – depending on the local management structures in place.

Scout Active Support Manager

The Manager is responsible for the management, leadership and day to day running of a particular Scout Active Support Unit.

he Scout Active Support Manager works with the Group Scout Leader or responsible Commissioner to agree a service agreement which details the purpose of the Scout Active Support Unit.

This should be reviewed annually to ensure that the Scout Active Support Unit is accomplishing the targets set.

he Scout Active Support Manager is part of the Group Leaders’ Meeting or the District/County Team (as appropriate), so that the work of the Scout Active Support Unit is directly linked into the local Scouting structure.

 

Scout Active Support Coordinator

The Coordinator role is to assist the Scout Active Support Manager.

A Coordinator may be appointed to fulfil a specific function, for example ensuring membership details are kept up to date, or could be a more general provider of support to the Scout Active Support Manager.

There may be more than one Scout Active Support Unit Coordinator per Unit, and this will be decided upon by the Unit Manager.

The Line Manager of the Scout Active Support Unit Coordinator is the Scout Active Support Manager.

 

Scout Active Support member

The flexible nature of Scout Active Support lends itself to people who want to be involved in Scouting and benefit from opportunities for flexible volunteering.

Scout Active Support can take up as much or as little time as the volunteer wishes.

Each Scout Active Support member is responsible to the Scout Active Support Manager for carrying out the work of the Scout Active Support Unit.