What the District Does
The role of a scout “District” is to manage all the Scout Groups and other functions within Odiham Scout District.
Please note that the Scout “district” is a defined geographical area, but it is a little different from the governmental definitions of district (council), wards or constituencies!
A Formal Description….
Formally: Scouting in the United Kingdom is organised in Scout Groups, Scout Districts, Scout Counties and Country Headquarters. These ‘units’ of Scouting provide:
- Channels for communication
- Opportunities for youth Members and adults to make decisions and take responsibility
- Functional units through which the design and delivery of the programme can be best achieved
A Scout District comprises several Scout Groups, one or more Explorer Scout Units and one District Scout Network. Additionally a District may have one or more District Scout Active Support Units and Special Groups.
In a bit more detail
Odiham District is organised in to 9 Scout groups and 6 Explorer units with 1 Network. Each Group and Unit runs in a semi-autonomous mode, with District providing the key supportive administration including:-
- Governance, Standards and Training
- Leader and Adult Helper appointments and background checks
- Finance and centralised support (key equipment etc)
- District shop for uniform and other essentials
- Reporting and liaison with the wider Scout “County”, UK Headquarters
The District operates through the District Commissioner and key committees:-
- District Executive Committee
- District Appointments Advisory Committee
- District Finance Committee
- District Development Committee
Membership of committees is agreed annually and includes uniformed and non-uniformed roles. Parental involvement is especially encouraged.
The District Executive runs the follow events:-
- Annual General Meeting around April each year
- Other events are organised by Groups and promulgated to their respective parents and supporters