Charity Trustees

Charity Trustees are volunteers who make some of the most important decisions in scouting.

Trustees are members of the Group Executive Committee; which is a bit like the board of governors in a school. Their role is to ensure the best quality scouting is delivered to young people in the local area. They give their time to ensure that scouting continues to meet its charitable purpose: safely and legally.

Charity Trustees put their existing skills and experience to good use, helping to support and develop scouting at 1st St Neots and enabling our young people to experience fun, friendship and everyday adventure.

Becoming a Trustee is also a great way to meet new people, learn new skills that can help build a CV, or just to add experience and confidence in certain areas.

Being a Trustee and Executive Committee member carries legal responsibilities that should be understood before taking on the role.

You are not expected to be an expert in every area, but you are expected to:

  • use reasonable care in your work and apply your skills and experience where needed
  • act in the best interests of the Scout Group and not in your own or others’ personal interests
  • ask for professional advice when you need it

The Chair will help explain the responsibilities of the role to you.

On average, Executive Committee members attend four to six meetings a year, giving you flexibility to say when you are available.

Basic training is provided within the first few weeks of joining the Executive Committee. A disclosure check will also be undertaken for this role.

Executive Committee members come from all walks of life.

Most people can become one, but there are some who are not eligible. This includes:

  • under 18s
  • undischarged bankrupts
  • disqualified company directors

We are currently looking for:

Group Treasurer

The full role description can be found at http://scouts.org.uk/media/901996/Treasurer-of-the-Executive-Committee-Sept-2017.pdf but in brief, the main tasks are to:

  • Manage and monitor the financial activities of the Group
  • Prepare and present financial reports
  • Lead the creation of budgets
  • Prepare the annual accounts and get them examined.

We use Quickbooks Online to run our accounts, so anybody with basic bookkeeping skills should be able to pick up our accounting. If you want to know more, contact our current treasurer, Julie treasurer@1ststneotsscouts.org.uk or Get in Touch

Group Secretary

The full role description can be found at http://scouts.org.uk/media/901987/Secretary-to-the-Exectuive-Committee-Sept-2017.pdf but in brief, the main tasks are to:

  • Provide administrative support to the running of the Executive Committee
  • Work with the Chair to set meeting agendas and arrange meeting logistics
  • Take accurate and accessible minutes of the Executive Committee meetings
  • Maintain accurate records for the administration of the Group
  • Support the completion of the annual census return
  • Administer the Annual General Meeting

We use Microsoft Office 365 for all our internal administration, so anybody familiar with Office will be able to pick up the role. If you want to know more, contact our current secretary, David secretary@1ststneotsscouts.org.uk or Get in Touch