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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
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