This is a vital role in the Scout District. The Appointments Advisory Committee’s main function is to assist with the process of appointing adults in Scouting by advising on their suitability. The role can be challenged but extremely rewarding as you meet lots of different people from all walks of life and know that you are making a real difference by giving our volunteers and incredible induction into Scouting.
There is no need to have a prior experience of Scouting to become a chair as there are many transferable skills from outside of Scouting which would make many people suitable for this role.
The Appointments Committee chair is supported by a secretary who takes care of much of the administration.
The main functions of the Appointments committee are to assist the District Commissioner in ensuring the following takes place:
- Approval meetings: meeting with new adults to assess whether they are aware of and willing to uphold the values and policies of The Scout Association and whether they understand the requirements of the role and are able to carry them out.
- Reviews: supporting the review process, considering (with the line manager) the outcome of a review.Change of appointment: considering applications for change of appointment and assessing if the applicant is able and prepared to carry out the role.
- Cancellations: cancelling appointments when agreed with the line manager or relevant commissioner and recording the reason for the cancellation.
- Suspensions: following the suspension of an adult, recommending continuation of suspension, re-instatement, modification or cancellation of an appointment.
- Disagreements: supporting the commissioner in the resolution of disagreements between adults.