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.
8 Groups Scout Groups, 3 Explorer Units and 1 Network constitute a Stratford upon Avon Scout District. In addition, there is an Adult Training Team and Appointment Advisory Committee
All these Scout units are governed by the Policy, Organisation and Rules of The Scout Association, which provides the framework in which all Scout units operate.
All Adult leaders and Helpers must have a current DBS certificate (Disclosure, Barring Service) The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formally known as the CRB) now offer an ‘Update Service’, which allows a status check of criminal records disclosures between organisations.
The Scout Group
Within a Scout Group, there will be several adult leaders, who give their time voluntarily to help the development of young people. The Group is led by the Group Scout Leader, whose job is to co-ordinate the Group’s activities and to ensure continuity and development.
A Group Scout Council meets at least once a year usually for an Annual General Meeting. The Council consists of all the adult Members of the Group, as well as the children’s parents.
The Executive Committee consists of the Group Scout Leader, usually the Section Leaders and members elected by the Group Council. The Executive Committee may set up sub-committees to perform tasks such as fundraising.
The 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.