The Group Executive Committee

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The Group Executive Committee

The Group Executive Committee plays a vital role in the running of a Scout Group. Executive Committees make decisions and carry out administrative tasks to ensure that the best quality Scouting can be delivered to young people in the Group.

The Executive Committee exists to support the Group Scout Leader in meeting the responsibilities of their appointment.

Members of the Executive Committee must collaborate as charity trustees of the Scout Group, and in the best interests of its members to

  • Comply with the Policy, Organisation, and Rules of The Scout Association.
  • Protect and maintain any property and equipment owned by and/or used by the Group
  • Manage the Group finances.
  • Provide insurance for people, property, and equipment.
  • Provide sufficient resources for Scouting to operate. This includes, but is not limited to, supporting recruitment, other adult support, and fundraising activities.
  • Promote and support the development of Scouting in the local area.
  • Manage and implement the Safety Policy locally
  • Ensure that a positive image of Scouting exists in the local community.


The Group Executive is made up of four types of members:

  • Ex-officio members have a role on the Committee due to their role in Scouting. These include:
  • Group Scout Leader
  • Group Chairman
  • Group Treasurer
  • Group Secretary
  • All Section Leaders
  • Explorer Scout Leader
  • The Sponsoring Authority or its nominee
  • Elected members stand for election at the Annual General Meeting and are selected by the Group Scout Council to take on the role; there are usually four to six in number.
  • Nominated members are nominated by the Group Scout Leader in partnership with the Group Chair and approved at the Annual General Meeting; there must be no more nominated members than elected members.
  • Co-opted members are chosen to take on a role by the Group Executive Committee due to specific skills or knowledge useful to the committee; there must be no more co-opted members than elected members.

The membership is set up this way to ensure that the interests of the Group Council and the Group Scout Leader are represented, and balanced. It also serves to broaden the membership of the Executive. Ideally, between the nominated members, elected members and co-opted members, the Group Executive Committee should include a parent of at least one Member of each of the Sections in the Group.

Charity Trustees

Scout Groups in England and Wales are considered charities by law, and some may be registered with the appropriate charity regulator. All members of the Group Executive Committee are charity trustees

To comply with legislation, all charities must have a governing body, which in Scouting we call an Executive Committee. Members of the Executive Committee must collaborate as Charity Trustees of the Scout Group.

Group Scout Leader

As Group Scout Leader I appreciate all the hard work, dedication and support of all members, past, and present of the Group Executive Committee.

Another fundamental part of our Scout Group.

Thank You.