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 Commissioners, who can use it in whichever way is required.
Scout Active Support is 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.
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.
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.
The 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.
The 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.
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
More Inofmraiton on how to set-up and run a District or Group Scout Active Support Unit can be found below...