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Decision making

As the Network is run for the members by the members, everyone should get a chance to be part of the decision-making process.

Some members may want to have less involvement, especially at busy times of their life, and this should be respected.

Local Network meeting or committee

A regular meeting means your Network gets the chance to work together, get organised and run the programme effectively. Arrangements need to be flexible, and should be reviewed regularly.

Members can consist of everyone in the local/ district Network, those who are elected by the members or simply those who want to take part.

For example, a local Network could choose to have a meeting of all members of the Network every two months, with a meeting of several elected members every two months in between.

County/Area Scout Network conference

This conference is the chance for all members to have their say on the future programme and direction of the Scout Network.

It should take place at least once a year. It should involve all members of the Scout Network, as well as the County/Area Scout Network Commissioner, County/Area Scout Network Administrator, all of the District/County/Area Scout Network Leaders and County/Area Scout Network Chairmen.

It should be fun and interesting, and could take place during a social occasion or activity. The members should influence the decision making and be encouraged to take responsibility for the decisions taken.

Another main function of the County or Area Scout Network Conference is to decide on the constitution of the County or Area Scout Network Committee. This should include how many places there are on the committee, who should sit on it, and who has what voting rights.

County/Area Scout Network committee

The committee agrees the programme for the County or Area Scout Network, and this needs to be communicated to all individual members. It is also the role of the committee to regularly review the programme.

The committee should decide on its structure according to local circumstances. In the majority of cases it will be appropriate to elect a chair and secretary.

The committee needs to make sure that all Scout Network members have a chance to influence the agenda of the committee. Do this by sending out requests for action, or inviting representatives.

The County/Area Scout Network Commissioner has a right of attendance at both the County or Area Scout Network Conference, and the County or Area Scout Network committee.


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