The Executive Committee in Scouts is like a board of governors in a school. Basically it makes sure that the young people get the best possible experience in the local area. The volunteers that make up the committee give their time to ensure that the Group or District continues to meet its charitable purpose: safely and legally. They make sure that there’s enough money for the volunteers to deliver the programme and that equipment like tents and activity materials are available and safe to use.
Being an Executive Committee member carries legal responsibilities that should be understood before taking on the role. You are not expected to be an expert in every area, but are expected to: -use reasonable care in your work and apply your skills and experience where needed – act in the best interests of the Scout Group or District and not in your own or others’ personal interests – ask for professional advice when you need it The Executive Committee you are joining will be able to help explain the responsibilities of the role to you. Basic training is provided within the first few weeks of joining an Executive Committee. A disclosure check will also be undertake for this role.
On average, Executive Committee members attend four to six meetings a year. The exact amount of time required will depend on the needs of locally. Generally, dates of meetings will be agreed at the start of the year with all Executive Committee members, giving you the flexibility to say when you are available.
All Executive Committee members have different skills to offer, come from different backgrounds and have varying experiences. This helps to make sure a wide variety of perspectives and a more rounded and effective Executive Committee is formed. Everyone can contribute something, but here are some skills and experiences that would really help: – teamwork – social skills – decision making – computer skills – financial knowledge and experience – legal knowledge – problem solving
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