Adult Support > Scout Active Support

Scout Active Support is for anyone over the age of 18 years. It is a way for adults to volunteer time to Scouting in a flexible way that suits them.

There is no requirement to have been involved in Scouting before joining. All that is required is a willingness to volunteer some time to support Scouting. Scout Active Support is a way that adults can provide support to local Scouting in a flexible way that suits them.

A Scout Active Support Unit is a resource for Group Scout Leaders, District Commissioners and County Commissioners to develop Scouting. It is their decision to start a Scout Active Support Unit in agreement with the relevant Executive Committee, in response to a particular area of Scouting they wish to develop such as climbing activities or adult recruitment.

Scout Active Support Units are managed by a Scout Active Support Manager. This role is appointed by either the Group Scout Leader, District or County Commissioner, or a nominated adult volunteer. The commissioner will have responsibility for the operation of Scout Active Support in their District, County or Area – giving more control to County and District Commissioners, whilst reducing the burden of everyday tasks.

This factsheet provides a step by step guide for Group Scout Leaders, District Commissioners and County Commissioners on how to start a Scout Active Support Unit:

View How to start a Scout Active Support Unit (FS330100) 

A service agreement is a document that contains details about how the Scout Active Support Unit will support Scouting.

This should be agreed between the Line Manager and the Scout Active Support Manager after consultation with the Scout Active Support members. 

Where the Line Manager is not the Group Scout Leader/responsible Commissioner, this Service Agreement should then be approved by the Group Scout Leader/responsible Commissioner.

This document will be a living document and subject to change. There should be a clearly defined process for agreeing changes: 

View Scout Active Support Service Agreement (FS330096) 

Examples of Scout Active Support Units

Programme delivery to young people

A District Scout Active Support Unit can be a source of extra adult help in Leader absence. Or they can teach skills that the existing Leader team do not have, such as pioneering.

The County Scout Active Support Unit can provide support to Explorer Scouts or the Scout Network when planning international expeditions. This could include fundraising.

Development of Scouting

A Group Scout Active Support Unit can provide Training Advisers to all Leaders in the Scout Group. This could include delivering Module 1, Essential Information, to all new adults supporting the Group including parents.

A District Scout Active Support Unit can provide catering at District events during the year. This could include District Sectional Camps, District Meetings and the District AGM.

View What is Scout Active Support?