About City of Nottingham Scouts
There are around 1100 young people who are members of the Scout Association within the City of Nottingham Scout District, supported by 350 adult volunteers. Our members attend 25 Scout Groups in all areas of the City.
We are registered in England as Charity Number 1027539.
Scout Groups are made up of Squirrel Dreys (4 to 6 year olds), (Beaver Colonies (6 to 8 year olds), Cub Packs (8 to 101/2 year olds, and Scouts (101/2 to 14 year olds). Each Scout Group is recognised by its own colours on its neck scarf and is run as an independent charity, has its own trustees and management team. Each Scout Group has a manager, known as a Group Scout Leader (GSL) who reports to the District Commissioner. The leadership team in the Scout Group report to the Group Scout Leader.
Every Scout Group is governed by a set of rules and regulations documented in Policy, Organisation and Rules.
The leadership teams are responsible for providing the programme for the young people and looking after their welfare. The young people have an input into what they do while experiencing Scouting.
City of Nottingham Scouts is our Scout District and all Scouting that takes place within our City boundaries are the Districts responsibility.
The District has a senior manager, known as a District Commissioner (DC) who is responsible for managing and supporting Scouting across the City. The District Commissioner appoints a District Team to help him with this task. Below are the members of our District Team and what they are responsible for.
The District is a charity with its own board of trustees that is responsible for the governance of Scouting within the City and ensuring there are adequate resources to deliver an affordable programme for all our young people.
Walesby Forest and Sycamore Dining income have ensured the District Membership Fee, which should around £55 per young person, was discounted for members living in the more deprived areas of the City in 2023.
The District has funds which Scout Groups may apply for from time to time.
The Hardship Fund is available to help young people and volunteers who cannot afford to participate in Scouting activities without financial support. This fund can also be applied to for the purchase of uniform and activity gear.
For more details and application forms click here
The City of Nottingham Scouts own the Walesby Forest land. The Walesby Forest Activity Centre is run by an independent charity in partnership with the District, providing the District with a small rental income. The profits from the operation of Walesby Forest are re-invested into developing the centre.
Sycamore Dining is a community interest company (CIC) that was set up as a service to the community and to help support City of Nottingham Scouts financially. Sycamore Dining provide luncheon clubs for the elderly to help combat loneliness and social isolation. They do this by bringing people together to eat an affordable meal. In particular they target the most vunerable generation, the elderly.
Since the school summer holidays of 2022 they provide cooked meals to vulnerable families with school children in Bilborogh, a neighbourhood which is one of the poorest areas in the country . The profits from operating the CIC are donated to the City of Nottingham Scouts for the benefit of young people.