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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.

January 2019

Scouting’s Policy Organisation and Rules (POR) provides support and guidance to help us all run Scouting. Following a series of reviews and consultations with members, a number of updates have been made to the January 2019 edition. These include updates to:

First aid, high ropes, home and hosted hospitality, horse riding, martial arts, nights away, paddlesports, target sports (including archery, fencing, laser games, paintballing, shooting, tomahawk throwing) trampoline parks, and visits abroad have been reviewed. You can find more information about rules, updates to guidance and new resources at scouts.org.uk/activitiesupdates.

The appointments process has also been rewritten to clarify on training and other rules and make it more clearer and understandable, it also now reflects the changes to the process that have come from the introduction of Compass.

You can view details on the amendments in more detail below:


Any questions can be sent to por@scouts.org.uk.

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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