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Scout Group Manager -Group Scout Leader (GSL)

Your Role

As a Group Scout Leader you are a volunteer responsible for leading and managing support to adults who work with young people. Your role is to support other adult volunteers so they are motivated and inspired to provide first class scouting opportunities for young people. Whether it’s someone to talk to or thank them, or practical help with recruiting other volunteers, they need you and Scouting needs you. It is a tricky but important and rewarding role.

Being a manager in Scouting is an important and rewarding role, but it can be a tricky one.

This section of the City Members website is to give you easy access to a wide range of resources to help you with the challenging aspects of your vital role, from carrying out reviews to dealing with disputes, and from developing your Group Executive to recruiting new volunteers. Part of your support will come from other members of this SharePoint group, as through this site you are able to easily collaborate with the Group Scout Leaders of other Scout Groups within the City.

Leading and Managing

The six aspects of good scouting leadership and management

  1. Providing direction

    A good manager in Scouting will create a vision for Scouting in their area and provide clear leadership to implement that vision.

  2. Working with people

    A good manager in Scouting will create a team spirit and work effectively with people in their area based on trust and the fundamentals of Scouting.

  3. Achieving results

    A good manager in Scouting will ensure that goals are achieved, plans are seen through to completion and that good relationships are maintained with parents of young people in Scouting and the local community.

  4. Enabling change

    A good manager in Scouting will encourage people to think of creative ways to improve scouting in their area and then implement the appropriate improvements.

  5. Using resources

    A good manager in Scouting will ensure that sufficient resources and information are available to help people in their area to provide excellent scouting.

  6. Managing your time and personal skills

    A good manager in Scouting will use their time effectively and continue to learn and improve the skills that they bring to their role.

Useful Links


As a manager in Scouting you are required to complete the training required for your role. You will need to create a plan for your training called a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) before starting your training. This should be created and agreed in partnership with your Training Adviser. Your line manager, the Deputy District Commissioner is responsible for allocating your Training Advisor.

The preferred method of training is attending a course, as this enables you to network with other managers in Scouting while completing your training. However the training is also available online - see below.

If you have the life skills and  experience for a module, you do not need  to complete the training, but whether you complete the learning or not, you must validate you have the module skills before it is completed. Validating a module  is simply demonstrating you can perform the skills required.

Learning Materials

These resources are to help you complete the various training modules required.
It is recommended the how-to guide before attempting any e-learning
Getting started

    Personal Learning Plan
    Essential Information
    General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Training
    Tools for the role (Managers and Supporters)

Training for All Appointments

    Delivering a Quality Programme
    The Fundamentals of Scouting
    Scouting for all
    First Aid
    Changes in Scouting


Managers and Supporters Training
The learning links below take you to the learning resources (video, elearning or workbook)

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