UK : Role of GSL
Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Sun, 20 Nov 1994 19:51:13 GMT
> > So, what the heck does a Group Scout Leader do?
Well, I was GSL of a British Group for ten years and am currently an
Assistant GSL , so these were some of my jobs :
* Ensure a continuity of training and effective and well-run program in a
sections of the Group
* Work with the Committee to ensure that adequate financial and material
support is available. Work with Treasurer on budget , QM on equipment
inventory etc. as required
* Recruit and interview potential new Leaders , instructors , committee
members. Initiate appointment procedures / background checks as
appropriate and arrange for introduction / induction into the Group.
* Apoint thr Chairman and half the Committee ( subject to affirmative vot
of the Annual Meeting of the Group Council , i.e. all the parents and
supporters of the Group )
* Arrange for training of Leaders , encourage and cajole attendance on
courses, informal training / counselling / advice as needed.
* Visit sections regularly and ensure that there is good liaison , esp.
that kids transfer from Beavers -> Cubs , Cubs -> Scouts and Scouts ->
* Channel communications with District Commissioner and District Executiv
* Documentation regarding Annual Census and re-registration in associatio
with the Group Secretary.
* If Group is @ sponsored @ by a school , church etc. liaise with the
Sponsoring Authority and agree annually details of support etc. provided
* Agree variations in the Promise on grounds of nationality and/or
religious reasons for youth members. Technically the GSL has final
responsibility for all admissions to the Group , but this is delegated
* Power to suspend or dismiss youth members for disciplinary etc. reason
(usually on recommendation of the section Leader or PLC)
* Various administrative functions , e.g. liaison with local Education
Authority Youth Service department, etc.
* Co-ordinate the work of the section leaders on group-wide projects
(e.g. World Friendship award )
* Authorise all camps and overnight activities. ( Camps >5 nights for
Scouts and all Cub Scout camps also require submission of a form via
the District Commissioner to the " host " Scout authority.)
* Attend district and county meetings
And a lot more ...
Ian N Ford
AGSL 25th Greenwich
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