Scout Groups, Districts, Counties
The basic unit of organisation is the Scout Group. Our Scout Group is 1st Wraysbury. Our Scout Group consist of Sections – Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scouts and we hope to launch an Explorer Scout unit in September. Each Section has a Section Leader.
Our Group contains one Beaver Scout Colony, one Cub Scout Pack and a Scout Troop.
A number of Groups in a certain locality constitute a Scout District. Our district is WIndsor & Eton.
A number of Districts make up a County. Our County is Berkshire.
All of these Scout units (Groups, Districts, Counties/Areas/Regions) are governed by the Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR) of The Scout Association, which provides the framework in which all Scout units operate.
The Scout Group
Within a Scout Group, there will be a number of adult leaders, who give their time voluntarily to help the development of young people. The Group is led by the Group Scout Leader (GSL), whose job is to co-ordinate the Group’s activities and to ensure continuity and development.
The Group Scout Executive Committee "Exec" meets monthly and holds an Annual General Meeting in August/September. The Exec consists of each unit leader and other Members of the Group; a mix of parents of our members and parents of former members.
The Scout District
A collection of Scout Groups form a Scout District.
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 District also has a District Scout Council, comparable in many ways to the Group Council, and a District Executive Committee.
A number of Scout Districts are grouped together to form a Scout County (Area in Wales 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 and Areas manage Scout campsites and may also employ a warden or campsite manager.