Too Busy to Volunteer – Think again!

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Our Scout Group relies on the support and help of volunteers to enable it to thrive. Ask a young person why they stay in Scouting, and they will probably say because it’s fun. This is true for our adults too!

If you would like to help out but don’t have the time to be a Leader or Helper then our Group Executive committee is a great way of helping the Group with minimal time commitment.

Our Group Executive Committee plays a very important part in the running of our Scout Group; in fact, the Scout Group could not function properly without it.

What is a Group Executive Committee?

The Group Executive Committee is responsible for the management of our Scout Group. It is accountable to the Group Scout Council, which is made-up of all the people involved in Scouting in our Group: leaders, helpers, parents, administrators, Patrol Leaders, and a few others.

Who is a member of the Group Executive Committee?

Our Group Executive Committee is made up of the following people:

  • our Group Officers (Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary),
  • those who are nominated by our Group Scout Leader and approved by the Group Scout Council at our Annual General Meeting (AGM).
  • parent representatives who are elected by the Group Scout Council at the AGM,
  • those who are co-opted by the Executive.

What does the Executive do?

The Committee has several responsibilities. These include:

  • ensuring we have a good place to meet,
  • providing equipment for the Scout Group,
  • ensuring that the Scout Group is suitably insured,
  • raising funds for the Group,
  • administrating the Scout Group’s finances,
  • assisting in the recruitment of leaders,
  • organising social events.

Who are we?

Although the ‘Executive’ bit in our title makes us sound very formal and important, it is actually not like that at all! Our Committee is made up of parents of children from within the Scout Group.

Some of us are ‘ex-officio’ members and have proper titles. These are the Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary. Ideally there should be a parent from each section in the Group on the Executive Committee. This means that we have a good spread of opinion. We very much believe that many hands make light work and that no one person should ever have to do too much. Our meetings are very informal. We enjoy chatting about the things going on in the Group and making the right decision to support the work of our leaders.

Can I help?

Yes, The Executive Committee is open to anyone who has an interest in helping our Group to function.

 

What is the commitment?

There is no fixed time commitment – the time required to fulfil the role varies. It is probable that you will have around six 1.5 hour Executive meetings during the year. In addition you may choose to support fundraising and other Group events. We only ask that you attend the Executive meetings as often as you are able to. You won’t be signing your life away.

 

Before you decide

We really hope that you can help us support Scouting in our Group and we will be delighted if you say “yes”.

For more information speak to your section leader, Ian Moore our Group Scout Leader, or Sam Martin our Group Chairman.

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