Manager for Scout Group

Manager for Scout Group

Ongoing role
At a glance


  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Strategic mentoring / coaching
  • Change management
  • General / operations management
  • Project / programme management
  • Volunteer management
  • Mentoring / Coaching


Baffins, Portsmouth, PO3 6JG
Mainly at home, or mainly at the office.
Travel limit? Portsmouth City


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-3 hours / week or 3-7 hours / week
Regular contact with the adult volunteers running the youth programme and Group Exec - flexible depending on support needed at the time.

To be the lead volunteer for 28th Portsmouth Scout Group and work in partnership with the Group Executive Committee in developing the Scout Group to provide great Scouting for young people in the local area.

What will you be doing?

Main tasks of a Group Manager.

  • Encourage Leaders and other helpers to deliver a wide range of diverse and varied activities to young people.
  • Provide line management and support to the Leaders in the Scout Group, including holding regular reviews and enabling them to access the great training and support network offered by Hampshire Scouts.
  • Liaise with volunteers in other Scout Groups to combine activities and interact with the wider District and County teams.
  • Engage with the Group Charitable Trustees (known as the Executive Committee) which provides governance support (finances, buildings, risk) to the leadership team.
  • Ensure a great Scouting experience for all young people and adults within the group
  • Encourage the development of the Scout Group to be able to provide even more Scouting to young people in the community.

This role is normally supported by one or more Deputy Group Scout leaders to share the workload. If you are interested in either role then please get in touch for an informal chat.

Skills Required: Administration, Management (specifically of people), Strategy, Operations Management, Project Management

Appointment requirements: Previous Management Experience essential.  Understand and accept The Scout Association’s policies and become a uniformed member of the Scout Association. Complete the relevant training (a wood badge) within three years of taking up the role and undertake ongoing training as required.

What are we looking for?

Knowledge and Experience


Ability to manage adults effectively 


Understanding of the challenges of working in the voluntary sector

Experience of working with young people and/or community work with adult groups

Experience of working in the Scout or Guide Movements as an adult

Skills and Abilities


Excellent written and oral communication skills

Provides advice and guidance effectively to others

Provides inspirational leadership for the Group

Can build, maintain and facilitate effective working relationships with a wide range of people

Enables others to identify issues, clarify objectives, develop attainable objectives and gain the necessary skills and confidence to work as an effective team

Ability to negotiate compromises

Plans, manages and monitors own tasks and time

Can construct and implement long-term plans that improve and expand the Scouting offered to young people, and identify any training, resources and other needs required to undertake this work

Can use basic computer software

Personal Qualities


An understanding of the needs of adult volunteers

Flexible approach


Able to work as part of a team and promote good teamwork

Resourceful, energetic and enthusiastic about the job

Acceptance of the fundamentals of the Scout Movement


What difference will you make?

As Scouts, we believe in preparing young people with skills for life.

Every day of every week you’ll find us playing our part, broadening our horizons and getting stuck into the great outdoors.  Here in Portsmouth we have over 1000 adult volunteers and young people enjoying fun and adventure while learning the skills they need for whatever life throws at them.

We are part of the UK’s biggest mixed youth organisation. Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Our members gain valuable skills for life including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. We help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.

What's in it for the volunteer?

This only happens thanks to hundreds of volunteer leaders, trustees and managers who make it all happen. This is where Scouting can help you.

Your involvement in Scouting, the roles you have held and the experiences you have taken part in will have developed a whole range of skills to impress employers. In a recent Public and Corporate Economic Consultants (PACEC) report into the impact of Scouting, 41% of employers said that involvement in Scouting would have a positive influence on their decision to employ applicants.

Before you apply

The appointed volunteer will be required to complete an enhanced DBS (no charge) and agree to complete the mandatory training for this role. The person should be eligible to become a Trustee of the Scout Group.
  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Local / community
  • Young people
  • As Scouts, we believe in preparing young people with skills for life.

    Every day of every week you’ll find us playing our part, broadening our horizons and getting stuck into the great...