Charitable Status

We are a non-profit, purely volunteer organisation. None of our members receive any income from scouting and all income for the District and the individual Groups comes from donations from various parties. (For the latest accounts please see “Reports and accounts“.)

First registered in the UK with the Charity Commission as charity number 305868 in 1963, our registered aim is:

“To promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.”

Our committee members are all Trustees

Trustees make sure the District is running well and is doing what it was set up to do. This includes ensuring the charity:

  • has the money it needs
  • spends its money sensibly, on the activities it was raised for
  • follows the law, including preparing reports and accounts to send to the Charity Commission
  • doesn’t break the rules in its governing document (its constitution, trust deed or articles)

Our trustees take on all of the work of running the District. In larger charities, trustees often delegate the day-to-day operations to the staff and senior management but here we have no such luxury. We have to make sure the charity runs efficiently but we get advice from external sources like solicitors or other experts when needed.

The committee makes decisions about the District collectively, working as a team. Decisions don’t usually need to be unanimous – so long as the majority of trustees agree.