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Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR) defines the structure of Scouting in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man and provides information about its management and training.

July 2016

Scouting’s Policy Organisation and Rules (POR) provides support and guidance to help us all run Scouting. We have are issuing a revised version now to include some important changes to the Child Protection Policy and to the rules affecting people without a valid disclosure. 

The changes to the Child Protection Policy reinforces the importance that Scouting places on its duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and in large part is a formal reflection of the practices already in place.

The changes to the rules around disclosures enables the mandatory suspension of people without a valid disclosure.

We have also taken the opportunity to make some other amendments to provide clarity or correct minor errors where these have come to our attention. In response to feedback received we have amended the font used which will allow members to copy and paste from the document if they find this useful.

POR is available to view and download in individual chapters below or in a single pdf document.




Chapter 1 : Fundamentals of Scouting

Chapter 2 : Key policies

Chapter 3 : The Scout Group

Chapter 4 : The Scout District

Chapter 5 : The Scout County

Chapter 6 : The structure of the headquarters of The Scout Association

Chapter 7 : Emergency procedures

Chapter 8 : Insurance

Chapter 9 : Activities

Chapter 10 : Uniform, badges and emblems

Chapter 11 : Awards and recognition of service

Chapter 12 : Flags and ceremonial

Chapter 13 : Trusteeship, property and equipment

Chapter 14 : Other matters  

Chapter 15 : Complaints, suspensions and dismissals

POR: The appointment process

Previous version of POR


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