Group Scout Leaders

Where: Colchester North, Colchester, Essex Open Volunteer Spots: Unlimited

We have vacancies for Group Scout Leaders across the District. Details of the role can be found below


Group Scout Leaders inspire, motivate and plan ahead. They enjoy working with adults and young people in the local area and seeing the impact of their efforts. They are organised, diplomatic and know how to get the best out of people. We will not pretend the role is easy. It is a big role but with it also comes with big rewards. And if you believe in the power of Scouting to help empower young people with skills for life; you’ll know it’s all worthwhile. If you think this sounds like you or someone you know; what are you waiting for?

Main Tasks

  • Ensure that the Scout Group thrives and has the best systems in place to support adult volunteers and develop the Group – including a Group Executive Committee and Section leadership teams.
  • Provide line management and support to the Leaders in the Scout Group, including setting objectives for their work and holding regular reviews and one-to-one meetings.
  • Ensure that the Scout Group has an adequate team of supported and appropriate adults working effectively together and with others to meet the Scouting needs of the area.
  • Ensure that a challenging, exciting and balanced programme is offered to young people in the Scout Group.
  • Work with the District Commissioner, Deputy District Commissioner(s) and other Group Scout Leaders in the District to ensure that the District thrives and supports Scout Groups.
  • Note: Some of the tasks for which the Group Scout Leader is responsible may be delegated to others in the Group, including a Deputy Group Scout Leader, if appointed.

Knowledge and experience

  • Understanding of the challenges of working in the voluntary sector
  • Experience of working with young people and/or community work with adult groups


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Provide advice and guidance effectively to others
  • Provide inspirational leadership for the Group
  • Build, maintain and facilitate effective working relationships with a wide range of people
  • Enable others to identify issues, clarify objectives, develop attainable objectives and gain the necessary skills and confidence to work as an effective team
  • Ability to negotiate compromises
  • Plan, manage and monitor own tasks and time
  • Construct and implement long-term plans that improve and expand the Scouting offered to young people and identify any training, resources and other needs required to undertake this work
  • Use basic computer software

Personal qualities

  • An understanding of the needs of adult volunteers
  • Flexible approach
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to work as part of a team and promote good teamwork
  • Resourceful, energetic and enthusiastic about the job
  • Acceptance of the fundamentals of the Scout Movement

Responsible to:

District Commissioner and Deputy District Commissioner – Group Support

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