Welcome to your new role scouting in Southern Norwich District. Helping young people develop is one of the most rewarding things you can do. You will get a lot from the role and will feel justly proud of your young people and I bet that within a few months you say something like “my scouts” we all have.
The attached welcome pack will give you a starting point and some contacts. If you need any help with anything please feel free to ask. I would recommend that you attend a new leader day. These are run twice a year and are designed for new leaders and will help you find where all the information you are given fits together.
Lastly I would like to thank you for volunteering your time. Volunteers are vital to our success and I want to ensure that you get the support you need, please just ask if you need anything.
Adult Appointments in Scouting
To hold an adult appointment you must be aged 18 or over. Some are uniformed, some involve working directly with young people.
Non uniformed appointments
These include occasional helper, administrator, chairperson, executive committee member, secretary, treasurer, and supporter and section assistants.
These are section leader, assistant section leader, group scout leader, section assistants, district commissioner and assistant district commissioner.
All those holding a uniformed appointment are required to wear uniform and take a promise appropriate to their beliefs.
Most roles require some kind of training, be it formal or informal. You will be allocated a training adviser (TA), who will help you through all aspects of training.
Training is based around two key parts, learning and validation. Your previous experience or skills can be used to replace any learning, there are also on line and some formal learning events. Once a piece of learning is complete it needs to be validated to demonstrate your knowledge and meet minimum standards. This can be completed by various methods including observation, photos or discussion.
Attending the appointment interview within five months is compulsory. The appointment committee meets once every two months and ifyou can’t make either date you must arrange an alternative with the appointments secretary (see contact list) You should meet and discuss your appointment with your manager before attending.
Completing the adult training scheme is also compulsory and there is a time limit. You have 5 months to complete “getting started” (which is modules 1, 2 and either 3 or 4 depending on your role) and safety and safeguarding.
You also need to complete an enhanced DBS check. Your line manager will help you through this process. If you have any problems in this regard please contact Tony Buttifant (see contact list)
If you do not comply with these requirements your appointment can be cancelled.
New leader day
The district runs an induction day and you are strongly advised to attend. The day includes practical examples, advice and where and how all the information fits in. There are two per year, April and September.
Help and advice
If you have any problems, with anything, during the appointment process please get in touch with Andy (details on the contact list)
The Scout Association holds certain values highly and expects an appropriate level of behaviour from its members. It also has several key policies and expects members to uphold them at all times. These are faith and spirituality, equal opportunity, safety, child protection and anti-bullying. You will find out more about these policies but if you wish to read them you can find them in a document called Policy organisation and rules (POR) at scouts.org.uk
What does Scouting do?
Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.
Scouting takes place when young people, in partnership with adults, work together based on the values of Scouting and enjoy what they are doing and have fun,
take part in activities indoors and outdoors, learn by doing, share in spiritual reflection, take responsibility and make choices, undertake new and challenging activities and make and live by their Promise.
How Norfolk Scouting is organised
Scout groups (10 to 15 per district)
Sections for young people
Beavers section started in 1986 are aged 6 to 8
Cub section started in 1916 are aged 8 to 10
Scout section started in 1907 are aged 10 to 14
Explorer section started in 2002 are aged 14 to 18
Network started in 2002 aged 18 to 25
Where to get information
There are simply huge amounts of resources available and the sooner you get involved in the planning process the sooner you will get used to them and what they provide. Some of these are
Scouts.org.uk – The Scout Association website
In the Members tab you will find
Policy organisation and rules (POR) https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/search?cat=480
Compass (membership system) https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources
Disclosures (criminal vetting portal) https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources
programmes online (program ideas “off the peg”) https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources
Norfolkscouts.org.uk – the County website to keep up to date with news
Scouting magazine – news updates and ideas can be found online https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/search?cat=810
Typing in “games for scouts” into google produced 25,600,000 results!
Norfolk Scouts Sharing Centre – a face book page for leaders, the district also has a page
The District web page can be found at snscouts.org
Don’t forget your fellow adults have huge experience and most have “done that before” I’m sure they will help you.
Some common terms explained
BSL Beaver scout leader
ABSL Assistant beaver scout leader
CSL Cub scout leader
ACSL Assistant Cub scout leader
SL Scout leader
ASL Assistant scout leader
SA Section assistant
GSL Group Scout Leader
ESL Explorer scout leader
AESL Assistant Explorer scout leader
DNC District Network Commissioner
DYC District Youth Commissioner
DC District Commissioner
ADC Assistant District Commissioner
DCC Deputy County Commissioner
CC County Commissioner
OH Occasional helper
TA Training adviser
LTM Local training manager
NAP Nights away permit
NAA Nights away adviser
Colony A Beaver section
Pack A Cub section
Troop A Scout section
Unit An Explorer section
Lodge A group of 5 or 6 Beavers
Six A group of 5 or 6 Cubs
Patrol A group of 5 or 6 Scouts
Investiture A ceremony to become a member where a promise is taken
Flag break A ceremony at the start of a camp, event, start of a day or evening program
Flag down A Lowering of the flag at the end of any of the above
Executive The governing committee of a County, District or group
Council The adults in a County, District or group plus some specific young people.
Southern Norwich District
Andy Keats District Commissioner email@example.com 01508 499449
Tony Buttifant Deputy District Commissioner firstname.lastname@example.org
Lucy Keats Assistant District Comm’r Beavers email@example.com
Vacant Assistant District Comm’r Cubs
Vacant Assistant District Comm’r Scouts
Nicky Summers District Explorer Scout Comm’r firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Muntendam Local training Manager email@example.com
Christine Kemp Appointments Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org