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.
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)
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.
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 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)
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 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)
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).