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Group Scout Leader virtual induction

Group Scout Leaders play a key role in supporting and developing Scouting at Group level.

The GSL virtual induction resource, in seven parts, covers all key aspects of the role. You can download the sessions in stages (and complete one a month, for example) or download them all at once to use at your leisure.


Unit A: Introduction

The first unit in the series covers key aspects of the role of Group Scout Leader and identifies sources of support.

Unit A: introduction (PDF)

Unit B: The executive, the AGM and you

This unit explains the structure of the executive committee, gives tips for running a successful annual general meeting (AGM) and covers chairing skills and planning the agenda.

Unit B: The executive, the AGM and you (PDF) 

Unit C: Explorer Scouting

This unit explains how Explorer Scouting and the Young Leaders’ Scheme relates to the Scout Group, helping you to understand structures and financial responsibilities. It also explains how the partnership agreement works and helps you to understand the role of Explorer Scout Young Leaders.

Unit C: Explorer Scouting (PDF)

Unit D: Scouting safely

Covers all safety aspects that concern the Scout Group, including safeguarding procedures, appointing a Leader in Charge, insurance issues and risk assessments. It also outlines the GSL's role in offering adventurous activities and nights away.

Unit D: Scouting safely (PDF)

Unit E: Working with adults

From recruiting ideas to induction and review, this unit looks at all aspects of managing adults and building relationships between volunteers in the Scout Group.

Unit E: working with adults (PDF)

Unit F: Planning

Planning is a vital aspect of the GSL role, and a skill that it is important to master, whether planning for development, succession or to create a better programme for all your sections.

Unit F: Planning (PDF)

Unit G: Flexible volunteering

This unit shows how you can benefit from the help you are offered by parents and other adults and explains how to find roles that fit around the skills and circumstances of individual volunteers.

Unit G: Flexible volunteering (PDF)

Additional resources

Keys to Success: Group Scout Leaders (PDF)

This booklet is designed to help explain the role of the GSL. It provides sources of advice and support to help you in your role. Other members of your Group may also find it useful. Note that you can order printed copies of this resource from Scout Shops.


If you have any questions about the resource, or need support in carrying out your role, contact the Scout Information Centre or seek advice from your relevant Regional Development Service (in England) or country headquarters (in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).

The Scout Information Centre

Regional Development Service – regional contacts

Northern Ireland Scout Headquarters
109 Old Milltown Road
Northern Ireland

Scottish Scout Headquarters
Fordell Firs
KY11 7HQ

Welsh Scout Council
The Old School
Wine Street
Llantwit Major
CF61 1RZ


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