County Development Service


Our County Development Service works alongside new and existing volunteers and in partnership with our scout districts, scout groups and local communities to support the growth of local scouting and help ensure that we continue to provide life changing adventure to even more young people.

Our County Development Service in partnership with our District Commissioners and is responsible for:



Adult recruitment:

  • Maintain ongoing channels and explorer new channels to assist with adult recruitment across the County.
  • Attendance at targeted adult recruitment events.
  • Supporting districts with targeted adult recruitment drives.
  • Assist with parent engagement.

Opening new provision:

  • New Scout Groups – generally starting with Beavers and then moving on to Cubs and Scouts.
  • Explorer Scout and Scout Network Units.
  • Scout Active Support Units (specialist, Group, District, County Units)
  • Sections in established Groups (helping groups achieve the full family of scouting)
  • Attendance at targeted youth recruitment events (when appropriate).
  • Supporting districts with targeted youth recruitment drives.


  • Facilitate Group health check workshops to assist Scout Groups to plan for the future
  • to ensure they can continue to provide quality scouting to more young people and work smarter 
  • Run growth and recruitment workshops (to support the increase of more adult involvement)
  • Facilitate district development days and assist with prioritising needs and producing a district development plan

Support for line managers

  • Group Scout Leader inductions
  • Provide resources and advice to DCs to assist them with the appointment of Group Scout Leaders
  • Support District Commissioners and Group Scout Leaders with growth and development initiatives


Provision of:

  • Recruitment leaflets (adult and young people)
  • Pop-up banner and recruitment stand equipment loan
  • Section taster evening activities and games equipment
  • Going for growth tools 
  • On-line tools and resources

Support to growth facilitators

  • Support volunteers at all levels of the county that have responsibility for growth
  • Contribute to the induction of growth facilitators at all levels of the County


Need support..?

Contact Matt Butterfield

Matt looks after development across the county and can help with development at all levels he is also on hand to offer advice, help and support on the development of scouting in your group or unit.

You can contact Matt on:

07766 540 057


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