Authorising Activities in Elstree and District

POR (rule 9.1b) states that “the District Commissioner is responsible for approving all activities for Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts and Explorer Scouts. This will usually be by means of an informal system agreed between the District Commissioner and each Group Scout Leader or District Explorer Scout Commissioner”.

This documents the delegated responsibilities for authorising activities under POR Rule 9.1b in Elstree and District.

1.       Group Scout Leaders are responsible for authorising all activities that take occur in the usual place of meeting (except for those detailed below, that fall under the Adventurous Activities Scheme), and ensuring the safety and compliance of these activities and the leaders running them. Group Scouts Leaders will need to see and consider every section’s programme.

2.       The District Explorer Scout Leader is responsible for authorising all activities that take place in the usual place of meeting for an Explorer Scouts Unit (or any other district/group owned building) and ensuring the safety and compliance of these activities and the leaders running them.

3.       Any activities outside of these, for example, those outside of the usual meeting place, or those which fall under the adventurous activities scheme must be approved by the District Commissioner, which must be done using the below form.  The Group Scout Leader or District Explorer Scout Leader must also be made aware of the activity.

4.      Activity notifications must be sent to the DC at least 7 days in advance of the activity.

5.       If, in any instance, a Group Scout Leader or the District Explorer Scout Leader is unsure whether to authorise a particular activity, they must discuss it with the District Commissioner.

6.       All Form NANs for Nights Away activities must be sent completed using the Nights Away Notifications form, which can be found on the leaders portal.

Approval of activities will be discussed at District Executive Committee meetings to ensure that everyone is comfortable with the process outlined above and applying consistency, also providing an opportunity for the system to be reviewed and amended as appropriate.