Leaders & their Roles
Group Leader/Leader in charge
The Group Leader is responsible to the Scouts Australia for overall management of the group, management of leaders, co-ordination of the Joey, Cub, Scout and Venturer sections and establishment of the Parents Committee. The group leader is a uniformed member of the Scout Movement as acts more in a support role to all section rather than a line leader.
Section Leaders are volunteers and they do not receive payment for looking after our children or running their respective sections. (We have 4 sections: Joeys, Cub Scout, Scout and Venturer Sections)
Many leaders are also parents of a Joey, Cub, Scout or Venturer in the group. In addition to our parent-leaders, we are fortunate in having a number of enthusiastic young leaders, who after progressing through 1st Helensburgh scouting ranks and giving something back and ensuring that the new generation has fun!
Scouts Australia undertakes police checks of all potential leaders and before leaders are able to work unsupervised they are required to complete comprehensive training programs during which they learn how to run exciting, fun activities, bushcraft, camps and first aid.
The group council consists of the Group Leader/Leader in Charge and Section Leaders and assistants. This group council is responsible for operational matters and the welfare of the youth members of the Group. They meet regularly to coordinate activities between the sections, discuss District and Branch activities, and advise the Group Leader on changes needed to Group policies. It also considers what resources are required to carry out the sections programs, possible funding needs and awards obtained by our youth.
Becoming a Leader
In today’s modern world, training for new leaders can be under taken at home via the internet and an online learning program. You still have a weekend of practical fun and the support of section learning within the group but the core part is easy now it’s online.
If you would like to know more about becoming a leader just ask a section leader, the group leader or chairman, or see the scouts NSW website for all the information.