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I. General Principles
II. General Organization
III. Warrants
IV. County Organisation
V. District Organisation
VI. Group Organization
VII. Uniform
VIII. Badges of Rank
IX. General Rules
X. Decorations & Awards
XI. Miscellaneous
XII. Proficiency Badges
Appendix A.
Appendix B.

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PART VI.

GROUP ORGANISATION.

GENERAL SCHEME.

168.      The unit for Scout organisation in the District is the Group.  The general scheme of organisation of the Group is included in the chart shown in Rule 34.

GROUP SCOUTMASTER.

Appointment, etc.

169.    (i)           Where a Group consists of more than one section, it is desirable that a person not in charge of one of the Sections should be appointed as G.S.M.  In such a case, a warrant as G.S.M., in accordance with Part III, must be applied for, on the recommendation of the L.A. and D.C.

(ii)         In the absence of such a person, the Scouter in charge of one of the Sections of the Group who is best qualified by character, age and experience, may be selected by the L.A. and D.C. to carry out the duties of the G.S.M., but a separate warrant as G.S.M. need not be applied for.

(iii)        In selecting a person under (i) and (ii), the L.A. and D.C. will have regard to the rights of the Controlling Authority as in Rule 66, and will also consult the Group Council.

(iv)        No warrant as G.S.M. will be issued in Groups consisting of one section only, in which case the Scouter in charge of that section shall be regarded as acting in the capacity of G.S.M. for all purposes.

Ladies

170.      A warrant as G.S.M. will only be issued to a lady at the discretion of I.H.Q. in exceptional circumstances.  In such a case, a special recommendation by the L.A. or D.C., in addition to Form G, must be submitted to I.H.Q. and must contain:--

(1)        A full statement of the exceptional circumstances.

(2)        An assurance that in respect of any Rovers in the Group the conditions of Rule 255 will be observed.

171.      The L.A. and the D.C. should govern themselves by the same considerations as in Rule170 in selecting a lady under Rule 169 (ii) to carry out the duties of G.S.M. without a warrant.

Qualifications

172.      The special qualifications for a warrant as G.S.M. in addition to the general qualifications set out in Rule 69, are as follows:--

(1)        A general knowledge of "Scouting for Boys," "The Wolf Cub's Handbook," "Rovering to Success" and P.O.R.

(2)        Ability to obtain the use of suitable accommodations for Scout meetings.

(3)        Age sufficient to enable him to carry out the work satisfactorily.  D.Cs. and L.As. are expected to consider carefully the suitability of the applicant in this respect, and particularly in relation to the ages of the other Scouters of the Group.  In normal circumstances an application for a warrant of this rank should not be submitted for a person under the age of 25, and in no circumstances will a warrant be issued for a person under the age of 20.

Functions

173.      The functions of the G.S.M. are as follows:--

(1)        To exercise general supervision over all Sections of the Group and to co-ordinate their activities, whilst delegating the fullest amount of responsibility in their actual management to the Scouters in charge of them.

(2)        To act as Chairman of the Group Council under Rule 202 (ii), and to encourage co-operation between the Scouters of the Group.

(3)        To secure the formation of a Group Committee under Rule 202, and to serve on it himself.

(4)        To deal with matters relating to the membership of Scouts in accordance with Rules 197-199.

174.      (i)         A person to whom a warrant as G.S.M. has been issued may, if the L.A. and the D.C. approve, also take charge of any one Section of the Group, but an additional warrant for the rank concerned, need not be applied for.

(ii)         The G.S.M. may not personally take charge of the Rover Crew unless he is fully qualified under Rule 250.

Uniform and Badges

175.      G.S.Ms. wear uniform as in Rules 292-292, and badges as in Rules 320-322.

THE SCOUT GROUP

Composition

176.      (i)         The complete Group consists of the three sections: Cub Pack, Scout Troop, and Rover Scout Crew, but may at any time, consist of one or two Sections only.

(ii)         Except where the context otherwise requires, the word "Troop" includes a Sea Scout Ship and the word "Crew" includes a Rover Sea Scout Crew.

Formation

177.      No steps may be taken for formation of a new Group without the provisional sanction of the L.A. and D.C.

Registration

178.      All Groups must be registered at I.H.Q. and are recognised as units of the Boy Scouts Association only whilst so registered.  Members of unrecognised Groups who wear badges or in any way represent themselves as members of the Association are liable to prosecution as in Rule 23.

Registration - Controlled Groups

179.      (i)         The following bodies, together with any others which may form time to time be approved for the purpose by I.H.Q., are entitled to apply for a special registration of Groups which they raise:--

Churches of any denomination; Universities, Colleges, and Schools (see Rule 212); Hospitals and Institutions; Works; and the following organisations: Y.M.C.A., British Legion, Church of England Temperance Society, National Association of Boys Clubs, National Juvenile Templars Council, Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Eng.and, Regnal League (for Groups consisting of Troops and Crews only), TocH.

Registration - effect of control

180.      The effect of registration as a controlled Group is as follows:--

(1)        The Controlling Authority shall not, except as afterwards provided in this rule, admit, in the case of Church Groups, boys who belong to another Church or denomination, or, in the case of groups raised by any of the other bodies specified in Rule 179 (i), boys who belong to some other, similar body.

                        Non-observance of this provision does not of itself change the nature of the registration, but, if deliberate, forms a valid ground for the recommendation to I.H.Q. by the L.A. and D.C. that the registration should be altered.

                        Where, however, in their opinion it is desirable, the L.A. and D.C. may give permission for such other boys to be admitted to a "controlled" Group, but in such cases the Group must be subject to the provisions of Rule 10 (3) and (4).

(2)        The Controlling Authority obtains the right to nominate persons for appointment as Scouters of the Group in accordance with Rule 66, and the L.A. and D.C. may not consider any person for such appointment until so nominated.

(3)        The Controlling Authority has the right to be heard by the L.A. and the D.C. in all matters concerning any refusal of, alteration in, or cancellation of the Group registration, the issue, suspension, or cancellation of the warrant of any Scouter in the Group, or, in the circumstances set out in Rule 197 (iii), dismissal of any Scout in the Group.

(4)        The Controlling Authority, as such, is expected to take an interest in the general welfare of the Group, and is responsible in certain cases under Rule 10 (2) for the religious training of the Scouts, but is not concerned in matters of Scout training for which the G.S.M. is responsible to the L.A. and D.C.

Registration - procedure

181.      Application for registration of a Group must be made by the prospective Scouter in charge immediately its first Section is formed, either to the D.C., who will inform the L.A. , or to the L.A. Secretary, who will inform the D.C.

182.      The L.A. and D.C. must satisfy themselves independently that registration is desirable, that the Group will be properly conducted, and that suitable Scouters are forthcoming.

183.      (i)         When both L.A. and D.C. are satisfied, recommendation is made to I.H.Q. on Form C in triplicate, which must be signed by the L.A. Secretary and by the D.C.  In the case of Controlled Groups, the Forms C must also be signed by the Controlling Authority.

(ii)         The Forms C are sent to I.H.Q. either direct or, if it be the rule in the County, through the County Secretary .

(iv)      Where recommendation is refused, action under Rule 196 may become necessary.

184.      On receipt of Forms C, a "Notification of Registration" is sent by I.H.Q. to the person in charge of the Group through the L.A. Secretary.  I.H.Q. retain one copy of Form C, send the second to the County Secretary for record, and the third to the L.A. Secretary.

Registration - renewal

185.      Registration is only effective until the next 30th September.  If not renewed at the time of the annual re-registration return, under Rule 54, the Group ceases to be recognised, with effect as in Rule 178.

Registration - fees, &c.

186.      The L.A. may, if desired, require a small registration fee and/or an annual subscription from each Group.

Registration - changes and transfers

187.      Any changes desired in the registered title of a Group, or in the nature of the registration (as open or controlled), and from one L.A. to another, are to be dealt with by the L.As. and D.Cs. concerned in a manner similar to the foregoing procedure, but any recommendation to I.H.Q. is submitted on Form C2 in triplicate, and where a Group is to be transferred to another Count both C.Cs. must approve.

Registration - cancellation

188.      A Group registration is cancelled by I.H.Q.-

(1)        on the recommendation of the L.A. and D.C. submitted if necessary in accordance with Rule 196, and after a meeting of the L.A. or its Executive Committee, at which the Scouters concerned, and in the case of controlled Groups, the Controlling Authority, are entitled to be heard;

(2)        on failure to renew the registration in any year, under Rule 185;

(3)        on cancellation of the registration of the L.A. undser Rule 133.

Registration - suspension

189.      A Group may be suspended -

(1)        by the D.C. who will thereupon inform the L.A. of his action;

(2)        by the L.A., in which case the D.C. must at once be informed;

(3)        as the result of suspension of the L.A., under Rule134, except insofar as the C.C. may direct to the contrary.  Any Group not suspended during suspension of the L.A. will be regarded for the time being as a Lone Group, under Rule 193.

190.      During suspension all activities of the Group cease and, except insofar as may otherwise be provided by the terms of the suspension, all Group Scouters are automatically suspended with effect as under Rule80, and no member of the Group may wear uniform or badges.

191.      Suspension is to be regarded as a purely temporary measure, and must be followed as soon as possible by a full enquiry by the D.C. and L.A. jointly.  The Scouters concerned, and in the case of a controlled Group, the Controlling Authority must be informed of the meeting and be given an opportunity to be heard.

192.      As a result of such enquiry, the suspension must be withdrawn, or a recommendation for cancellation of the registration and/or the warrants of any Scouters must be forwarded with a full report to I.H.Q. through the C.C.

Registration - Lone Groups

193.      Where on account of exceptional conditions a Group cannot be included conveniently in the area of the L.A., it may be registered as a Lone Group on the recommendation of the D.C. who will act alone in all matters relating to such a Group in accordance with Rule 151.

Registration - sections

194.      (i)         The addition of any further section to a Group which has already been registered requires the written approval of the L.A. and D.C., but no further registration is necessary, and no information need be sent to I.H.Q. until it is shown in the next annual re-registration return.

(ii)         The formation of a Crew is in any case subject to the provisions of Rule 255.          

(iii)        Where approval of a new section of a Group is refused, action under Rule 196 may be required.

195.      Any section of a Group may be disbanded by joint action of the L.A. or D.C., or suspended by either the L.A. or D.C.  In either case,the procedure to be observed throughout is similar to that laid down in the case of Groups in Rules 188-192, except that the matter is concluded locally, and no report is made to I.H.Q. unless the case comes within Rule 196.

Registration - reports to I.H.Q.

196.      A full report must be made to I.H.Q. through the C.C. whenever action is taken by the L.A. or D.C. in circumstances which reflect adversely on the character of any person concerned in any of the following cases:--

(1)        Refusal to recommend the registration of a Group, or to approve the the addition of a new Section to a registered Group.

(2)        Recommendation for cancellation of a Group registration, or a decision to disband a Section of a Group.

Membership

197.      (i)         The admission of any Scout rests with the G.S.M., but in normal cases, and subject to Rule 262 (1), will generally be delegated by him to the Scouter in charge of the section concerned, who, in the case of a Scout or Rover; will act in consultation with the Court of Honour or the members of the Crew as the case may be.

(ii)         The approval of the G.S.M. is necessary in any case of dismissal of a Scout.

(iii)        In any case of dismissal, the Scout has a right of appeal to the L.A. and D.C., who in dealing with any such case will observe Rule 180 (3) and follow the procedure laid down in Part III in connection with the cancellation of a warrant of a Group Scouter.

198.      A Scout can only belong to one Group, but may be temporarily attached to another, if eligible.

Transfers

199.      (i)         No boy may be accepted as a member of a Group within two months of leaving another Group or another recognised boys' organisation, without a written approval of the transfer by the G.S.M. of his former Group, or by the proper authority of the other organisation.

(ii)         In case of a dispute as to a transfer, the matter must be referred to the D.C. for decision.

Lone Scouts and Lone Rovers

200.      (i)         Where, on account of special circumstances, a boy is unable to be a member of a Group, the D.C., if he thinks desirable, and can arrange for subsequent supervision, may request the County Secretary to register him as a Lone Scout or as a Lone Rover.

(ii)         A boy may not be registered as a Lone Cub.

(ii)         Scouts or Rovers leaving their Groups to go to sea should apply for registration as Deep Sea Scouts and not as Lone Scouts or Lone Rovers.

Group Council

201.      (i)         Where the Group consists of two or more Sections, the Scouters of the Sections will meet regularly to discuss matters affecting the Group.  Such meeting is called the "Group Council."

(ii)         The G.S.M. will be the Chairman of the Group Council.

Group Committee

202.      (i)         It is desirable in all cases, and necessary where outside subscriptions, or other funds as defined in Rule 208, are received, that a small committee composed of the parents of the Scouts, representatives of the Old Scout Branch, and others interested n the Group, should be formed to be responsible for Group property, and to assist the G.S.M. with finance, propaganda, and obtaining accommodation, camping grounds, and employment for the members of the Group.

(ii)         The G.S.M. will be a member of the Group Committee.

(iii)        The Group Committee is not concerned in any way with the actual training of Scouts or in the management of the Old Scout Branch.

(iv)        In the case of any difference of opinion between the Group Committee and the Group Council with regard to the expenditure of funds,the matter must be referred to the L.A. and D.C.

203.      Members of a Group Committee are appointed or retired by the G.S.M., subject to the approval of the L.A. and D.C. given, in the case of controlled Groups, after consultation with the Controlling Authority.

Group Property

204.      It is important that, where a Group possesses property of any value, such property should be vested in trustees under a Deed of Trust, of which a model form is obtainable without charge from I.H.Q.

205.      In the case of a Controlled Group it is necessary to determine in the first place what part of the property, if any, belongs to the Group itself and not to the Controlling Authority; and this decision should be recorded in a letter of agreement between the G.S.M. and the Controlling Authority.  Such property as it is decided belongs to the Group should, if of sufficient value, be made the subject of a properly constituted trust in accordance with Rule 204.

206.      A schedule of Group property must be submitted each year to the L.A. or to the D.C. if required.

Group Finance

207.      The G.S.M. must ensure that no method of raising Group funds is employed which is not in accordance with Rules 18-21.

208.      Any outside subscriptions to a Group, including funds obtained from the public by the Group or its Sections, must be administered by the Group Committee acting in consultation with the Group Council.

 

209.      Subscriptions paid by the Scouts themselves will be administered by the Section concerned, as will any sums allotted to the Section for current expenses by the Group Committee in consultation with the Group Council.  The accounts of Section funds, if kept separately, will be included in the annual accounts of the Group.

210.      G.S.Ms. must see that accounts of all moneys are kept, and any member of the Group concerned is entitled to inspect them. A standard form of accounts can be obtained, if desired, from I.H.Q.

211.      The annual accounts of the Group must, if required,be submitted to audit by the L.A., or some person appointed by the L.A.

School Groups

212.      (i)         A School Group is one which is registered as controlled by the Headmaster or Headmistress of a school and is composed entirely of boys who are, or have been, at the school.

(ii)         School Groups are included as controlled Groups in the ordinary scheme of administration by L.A. and D.C.  It is contrary to the spirit of the Movement that any deviation from, or relaxation of, rules, other than those specified in this rule, should be permitted in School Groups.  If in any special case any relaxation appears desirable, application is to be made through the D.C. to I.H.Q., whose approval will, however, only be given in exceptional circumstances.

(iii)        Though various reasons may prevent School Groups from mixing as fully as other Groups with local Scouts, they should keep in touch as far as possible in the spirit of the 4th Scout Law. 

(iv)        When a Scout wishes to be connected with a School Group and also with a Group at his home, he will belong to the School Group and be attached to his home Group under Rule 198.

(v)         A Scout who belongs to a School Group may, with the approval of the G.S.M. of that Group, qualify for proficiency badges under part XII, during the holidays, in any L.A.

CUBMASTER AND ASSISTANT CUBMASTER

Appointment

213.      (i)         C.Ms. and A.C.Ms. are appointed on the recommendation of the L.A. and D.C., with warrants in accordance with Part III.

(ii)         Ladies are eligible for both ranks.

Qualifications

214.      The special qualifications for C.Ms. and A.C.Ms., in addition to the general qualifications set out in Rules 69-70, are as follows:--

(1)        A general knowledge of "Scouting for Boys," "The Wolf Cubs' Handbook," and P.O.R.

(2)        Age for C.M., not less than 20; for A.C.M., not less than 18.

Functions

215.      (i)      The C.M. takes charge of the Pack with the help of any A.C.Ms. subject to the general supervision of the G.S.M. as in Rule 173.

(ii)         In deciding matters of internal administration, however, it is desirable that the C.M. should as as possible consult the Sixer's Council as in Rule 224.

A.C.Ms. Necessary

216.      To ensure continuity it is most desirable that every Pack should have one A.C.M., and, where a Pack consists of more than three Sixes, additional A.C.M.s. are desirable.

Uniform and Badges

217.      C.Ms. and A.C.Ms. wear uniform as in Rules 291-297, and badges as in Rules 320-322.

THE PACK

Size

218.      Except in special circumstances, a Pack may not consist of more than 36 Cubs.

Training

219.      The training of Cubs must be kept as distinct as possible from that of Scouts.

220.      Where a Pack is part of a Sea Scout Group, its members must receive only the ordinary Cub training, and the designation and uniform of the Cubs must be the same as for other Cubs.  No form of sea training may be given.

The Six

221.      The Pack is divided into Sixes, each consisting of six Cubs, including the Sixer and Second.

Sixers

222.      (i)         A Sixer is a Cub appointed by the C.M. to lead a Six of Cubs.

and Senior Sixer

            (ii)         One of the Sixers may be called "Senior Sixer", if desired.

(iii)        Sixers and Senior Sixers wear uniform as in Rule 281, and badges as in Rules 309 and 310.

Seconds

223.      (i)         A Second is a Cub appointed by th C.M. in consultation with the Sixer concerned, to assist the Sixer and to take his pace when absent.

(ii)         Seconds wear uniform as in Rule 281. and badges as in Rules 309 and 310.

Sixers' Council

224.      (i)         The Sixers' Council is an informal body composed of the Scouters of the Pack, the Sixers, and, if desired, the Seconds.

            (ii)         The functions of the Sixers' Council are set out in Rule 215 (ii).

225.      (i)         The C.M. may with the approval of the S.M. concerned,  obtain the services of a Scout, or with the approval of the D.C. and the Guide Captain concerned, of a Guide or Ranger, to act as a Cub Instructor.

(ii)         A Cub Instructor is entitled, on the recommendation of the C.M., to wear a cloth badge with a wolf's head in green above the left breast pocket, or in a similar position on a jersey.

THE CUB.

Investiture

226.      A boy becomes a Cub by investiture, as described in "The Wolf Cub's Handook," during which he makes the Cub Promise, as in Rule 4.  He is then known as a Tenderpad, and is entitled to wear Cub uniform and badges as in Rule 230.

Age Limits

227.      To become a Cub, a boy must have attained the age of 8 but must not have reached his eleventh birthday.  He may not continue to be a cub after he has reached his twelfth birthday.

Qualifications

228.      Before being invested, he must satisfy the C.M. that he knows the Cub Law and Promise, the Salute, the Grand Howl, and their meanings.

Subsequent Training

229.      (i)         After investiture as a Tenderpad, a Cub proceeds to qualify as a One Star Cub and afterwards as a Two Star Cub by passing the tests laid down in Rule 409 and Rule 411, respectively.

            (ii)         After gaining the Second Star, he may qualify for special proficiency badges, as in Rules 414-425.

Uniform and Badges

230.      A Cub wears uniform as in Rule 281, and badges as in Rule 307.

SCOUTMASTER AND ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTER.

Appointment

231.      S.Ms. and A.S.Ms. are appointed on the recommendation of the L.A. and D.C., with warrants in accordance with Part III.

Ladies

232.      A warrant as S.M. or A.S.M., will only be issued to a lady at the discretion of I.H.Q. in exceptional circumstances.  In such a case, a special recommendation, additional to Form G, with a full statement of the circumstances, must be submitted to I.H.Q. by the L.A. or the D.C.

Qualifications

233.      The general qualifications for S.M. and A.S.M., in addition to the general qualifications set out in Rules 69-70, are as follows:--

(1)        A general knowledge of "Scouting for Boys," "The Wolf Cub's Handbook," "Rovering to Success," and P.O.R.

(2)        Age for S.M., not less than 20; for A.S.M., not less than 18.

Functions

234.      (i)         The S.M. takes charge of the Troop with the assistance of any A.S.Ms. subject to the general supervision as in Rule 173 of the G.S.M.

(ii)         The S.M. will, however, delegate as far as possible,to the Court of Honour as in Rule 242 all internal matters of discipline and administration, including the expenditure of Troop funds, as defined in Rule 209.

A.S.Ms. necessary

235.      To ensure continuity it is most desirable that every Troop should have one A.S.M., and where a Troop consists of more than 4 Patrols, additional A.S.Ms. are desirable.

Uniform and Badges

236.      S.Ms. and A.SMs. wear uniform as in Rule 291-292, and badges as in Rules 320-322.

THE TROOP

Size

237.      It is not desirable that a Troop should consist of more than 6 Patrols.

Troop Leader

238.      (i)         A Troop Leader may, if desired, be appointed by the S.M. in consultation with the Court of Honour.

            (ii)         The following qualifications are required:--

                        Ability to Lead.

                        Service as a Patrol Leader for at least six months.

                        The First Class Badge.

                        A general knowledge of "Scouting for Boys."

            (iii)        The Troop Leader wears uniform as in Rule 283, with the shoulder knot of his former Patrol, and badges as in Rule 314.

The Patrol

239.      (i)         The Troop is divided into Patrols, each consisting of 6 to 8 Scouts, including the Patrol Leader and Second.

            (ii)         The Patrol should be the unit in all activities.

Patrol Leaders

240.      (i)         A Patrol Leader is a Scout appointed by the S.M., in consultation with the Court of Honour or the Patrol concerned, to take charge of a Patrol of Scouts.

            (ii)         The Patrol Leader carries the Patrol flag.

            (iii)        Patrol Leaders wear uniform as in Rule 283, and badges as in Rule 313.

Seconds

241.      (i)         A Second is a Scout selected by the Patrol Leader, with the approval of the S.M. and Court of Honour, to assist him and to take his place when absent.

            (ii)         Seconds wear uniform as in Rule 283 and badges as in Rule 312.

Court of Honour

242.      (i)         The Court of Honour is a body composed of the Troop Leader, if any, and the Patrol Leaders; Seconds may also be members, but their presence is not desirable in cases concerning discipline.  The Scouters of the Troop, if present, should act in an advisory capacity only.

(ii)         The Court of Honour deals with internal matters, including the expenditure of Troop funds, in accordance with Rule 247.

THE SCOUT

Investiture

243.      A boy becomes a Scout by investiture, as described in "Scouting for Boys," during which, he makes the Scout Promise, as in Rule 3.  He is then known as a Tenderfoot, and is entitled to wear Scout uniform and badges as in Rule 247.

Age limits

244.      (i)         To become a Scout a boy must have attained the age of 11, but must not have reached the eighteenth birthday, unless about to become a Rover, as  in Rule 265 (ii).

            (ii)         A Scout should leave the Troop at the age of 18 unless he receives the D.C's. sanction to remain.

Qualifications

245.      Before being invested, he must satisfy the S.M. that he knows:--

(1)        The Scout Law and Promise, and that he understands their meaning.

(2)        Salutes and their importance.

(3)        The Signs.

(4)        The composition and history of, and how to fly, the Union Jack.

(5)        Certain uses of the Scout staff indicated in Chart No. 24, obtainable from I.H.Q. (Equipment Dept.).

(6)        The following knots: reef, sheet bend, clove hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches, sheepshank; and understands their respective uses.

(7)        How to whip the end of a rope.

Subsequent Training

246.      (i)         After investiture as a Tenderfoot, he proceeds to qualify as a Second Class Scout, and afterwards as a First Class Scout, by passing the tests laid down in Rules 428 and 430, respectively.

            (II)         After gaining the Second Class badge, he may qualify for special proficiency badges as in Rules 437-507.

Uniform and Badges

247.      A Scout wears uniform as in Rule 283, and badges as in Rule 311.

ROVER LEADER AND ASSISTANT ROVER LEADER.

Appointment

248.      R.S.Ls. and A.R.SLs. are appointed on the recommendation of the L.A. and D.C., with warrants, in accordance with Part II.

249.      In no circumstances will a warrant be granted to a lady.

Qualifications

250.      The special qualifications for R.S.L. and A.R.S.L., in addition to the general qualifications set out in Rules 69-70, are as follows:--

(1)        A general knowledge of "Scouting for Boys," "Rovering to Success," and P.OR.

(2)        A general knowledge of the social needs of the community in his neighborhood and ability to find service for his Rovers.

(3)        A personal standing, character and experience of life, such as will enable him to lead young men, and an understanding of the principles of leadership involved.

(4)        Acceptance by the Rovers concerned.

(5)        For R.S.L. only - ability to obtain the use of a separate Rover Den, an essential to the success of a Rover Crew.

(6)        Age sufficient to enable him to carry out the work satisfactorily.  D.Cs. and L.As. are expected to consider carefully the suitability of the applicant in this respect, and particularly in relation to the age of the members of the Crew.  In normal circumstances an application for a warrant of this rank should not be submitted for a person under the age of 25, and in no circumstances will a warrant be issued for a person under the age of 20.

Functions

251.      (i)         The R.S.L. takes charge of the Crew with the assistance of any A.R.S.L., subject to the general supervision as in Rule 173 of the G.S.M.

(ii)         The R.S.L. will however, entrust as far as possible to the Crew all internal matters of discipline and administration, including the expenditure of Crew funds, as defined in Rule 209.

Extension of Title

252.      Where the context so requires, the term R.S.L. shall, in respect of all functions, be taken to mean any one of the persons acting as the leader of the Crew under Rule 255.

Uniform and Badges

253.      R.S.Ls. and A.R.S.Ls. wear uniform as in Rules 291-292, and badges as in Rules 320-322.

THE CREW.

Aims of Rover training

254.      Rover training is a continuation of that given to Cubs and Scouts with the same objects as are aid down in Rule1, but with a wider outlook, and with the added object of helping Rovers to make useful careers for themselves and to render service to the community.

            Rover Scouting covers the period during which the young man is "finding himself," i.e., developing his character and his powers by training them in an endeavour to put into practice in a wider world the principles of the Scout Law, and continuing the use of Scout methods of training and the activities which fall under the term Scoutcraft in a manner suitable to his age.

Conditions of formation

255.      Before the L.A. and D.C. approve the formation of a Crew, it is essential that there should be a suitable leader who should if possible, be a warranted R.S.L.  Failing this, the L.A. and D.C. must arrange either for the G.S.M. or one of his assistants to be in charge (in which case the qualifications laid down in Rule 250 must be observed.) or for adequate supervision by the D.R.S.L. or A.D.C. for Rovers.

Joint Meetings

256.      The Rovers in an L.A. may meet together as desired for Rover activities unsder the leadership of the A.D.C. for Rovers, the D.R.S.L., or any other Scouter (R) approved by the L.A. and D.C.  Such a body of Rovers cannot be registered as a L.A. Crew or Group, since all Rovers must already be members of Groups registered under the L.A.

Activities

257.      The activities of a Crew fall under the two main headings of (a) Training and (b) Service.

(a)        Training activities are carried out along the lines suggested in Rules 264, 268, 269 and 270, with due regard to the needs of the younger members of the Crew.  General training in Scoutcraft; Physical Education (hygiene, football, athletics, exercises, etc.); Current affairs; Homecraft, etc.,should be carried out in the Crew as a normal part of its programmeme.

(b)        Service activities entail careful selection and preparation according to the needs of the Crew as a whole, and along lines such as are suggested in "Rovering to Success."

Size and Patrols

258.      (i)         No minimum or maximum size is fixed for a Crew.

            (ii)         The Crew may be subdivided into Patrols if desired.

Rover Mates and Senior Rover Mates

259.      (i)         A Rover Mate is a Rover elected half-yearly, annually, or biennially, by the Crew with the approval of the R.S.L., in order to help in its leadership.

(ii)         When there are two or more Rover Mates, one may be elected half-yearly, annually, or biannually, as Senior Rover Mate by the Crew with the approval of the R.S.L.

(iii)        Rover Mates and Senior Rover Mates wear uniform as in Rule 288, and badges as in Rules 318 and 319.

Seconds

260.      (i)         A Rover Second is selected by the Rover Mate to assist him or is elected half-yearly, annually, or biannually, by the Crew with the approval of the R.S.L.

            (ii)         Rover Seconds wear uniform as in Rule 288, and badges as in Rule 317.

Court of Honour and internal administration

261.      (i)         Where the size of the Crew renders it desirable, a Court of Honour may be formed, similar in composition to that of the Troop, to deal with internal matters of discipline and administration, including the expenditure of Crew funds as defined in Rule 209.

(ii)         Otherwise, such matters will be dealt with by the Crew itself, subject, however to Rule 251

THE ROVER SQUIRE

Conditions of admission to Crew

262.      Before a young man is admitted by the R.S.L. to a Crew, the following conditions must be observed:--

(1)        He must be approved by the G.S.M. and by the Crew.

(2)        He must either be recommended by the S.M. as a Scout who is trying to act up to his Scout obligations, including the doing of good turns, or if not previously a Scout, he must be willing to learn practical Scouting, pursue the open-air life, and accept the way of life set forth in the Scout Promise and Law.

(3)        The age for admission to a Crew is necessarily dependent on the physical and mental development of a boy in his progress to manhood.  He must be at least 17 years of age.

263.      On admission to a Crew, he is known as a Rover Squire until such time as he can be invested as a Rover.

Training as a Rover Squire

264.      Before a Rover Squire can be investedas a Rover he must have fulfilled the following conditions to the satisfaction of the R.S.L. and the Crew:--

(1)        Have read and studied, "Scouting for Boys" and "Rovering to Success."

(2)        Have studied and understood the Scout Promise and Scout Law as they concern Rovers, and by applying them in a spirit of unselfish service to life in general.

(3)        Have sufficient knowledge to train a boy of Scout age in the Tenderfoot tests.

(4)        Have undergone such period of probation as the G.S.M., R.S.L. and Crew may require.

Uniform and badges

265.      (1)        Rover Squires who have been Scouts, wear uniform as in Rule 287, and badges as in Rule 315.

(2)        A Rover Squire who has not been a Scout and who wishes to wear uniform and badges, as in (1) above, must pass the Tenderfoot test, make the Scout Promise, and be invested as a Scout in accordance with Rules 243 and 245.

THE ROVER

Age

266.      No one who is under 17 years of age may be invested as a Rover, while it may be desirable to wait until the age of 18 has been attained before investiture.

Investiture

267.      Some process of self-examination (in the form a vigil or otherwise) and an investiture, during which he will make or reaffirm the Scout Promise, are essential to emphasize the fact that as a Rover he is undertaking certain definite responsibilities.  The degree of ceremony used in the vigil and the investiture will vary, and this must depend upon the wishes of the Crew and of the individual to be invested.

Training - ideals

268.      The Rover is expected to adopt and be governed by the following principles:--

(1)        His promise of Duty to God, through a conscientious effort to develop his own spiritual life, and through the practice of his religion.

(2)        His promise of his duty to the King, through an earnest endeavor to secure a proper knowledge of the Government of his Country, and to perform his duty as a Citizen.

(3)        His promise of Duty to his Neighbors, through a logical development of the Scout Good Turn, after proper preparation and training, into some form of effective service to the community.  In doing so he is asked to realise that his first service is to establish himself in life, and to make every endeavor to consolidate his position so that he is not a burden on others, or on the State.

(4)        His promise to Obey the Scout Law by adopting it as an ideal to be expressed in his actions, and in goodwill, fellowship, and clean living.

Training - Practical

269.      Within a period of three years from his Investiture, the Rover is expected to aim at qualifying himself in the following to the satisfaction of the R.S.L. and Crew:--

(1)        Have a working knowledge of the matters dealt with in Chapter III of "Scouting for Boys" (Camp Life) with special reference to:

            The normal requirements in regard to personal and camping kit, both for a week-end and a week's hike or cruise.

            The general regulations affecting camping and hiking.

            The use and care of an axe, both hand-axe and felling axe if possible.

            The use of and ability to make, the following knots in addition to the Tenderfoot Knots: Bowline on a bight; fisherman's bend or hitch; man harness knot; marlinspike or lever hitch; rolling hitch; timber hitch.

            The use and making of the following lashings: Square, diagonal, sheer or round, figure of eight.

            The use or making of the following splices: Back or end, eye, short.

            Hike and camp cookery, the storage of food in camp or on hike, the disposal of refuse in camp, and the supply of hike rations suitable for hikes of both a week-end and a week's duration.

(2)        Participate in hiking, camping and pioneering practices, or in sailin expeditions and cruises, with the Crew.

(3)        Hike - on foot - over a distance of at least 16 miles, spending one night out under cover improvised by himself, or carried on his back, and submit a report of the hike, paying particular attention to a subject such as: Antiquities; Life and Labour; Nature Lore.  The report should include sketch maps of any important parts of the route.

(4)        Swim a distance of 100 yards.

(5)        Practice the care of his own health in matters of cleanliness, fresh air, exercise, food and clothing; feel the importance of his own and other people's interest of keeping physically fit, and recognise the necessity of keeping morally, as well as physically clean.

(6)        Qualify in the St John, St Andrew's or Red Cross Senior Course, or for the Bronze Medallion of the Royal Life Saving Society, or for the Durham and Northumberland Mines Safety Badge.

(7)        Have a general knowledge of the rights and obligations of citizenship, and a working knowledge of the local government of the area in which helives, with special regard to finance, education, health services, public assistance, roads, regional planning, police, local authorities undertakings; have some practical knowledge of his local Council (personnel, elections, what they do and how they work), sothat he may understand and be capable of exercising his responsibilities as a citizen.

(8)        Recruit a Rover Squire.

270.      A Rover who has qualified in the aims under Rule 269 may wear across the end of his shoulder straps a strip of red cloth not more than inch in width.

271.      After qualifying under Rule 269, the Rover is expected to continue his training and activities along such of the following lines as he selects for himself:--

(1)        Advanced campcraft.

(2)        Advance boatwork.

(3)        Advanced pioneering.

(4)        Rambler's badge (Rule 511)

(5)        Rover Instructor badge (Rule 510)

(6)        "Scoutmastership" with a view to serving as a Scouter, and so returning to Scouting something of what he has received from it.

(7)        The study and practice of any of the subjects or activities mentioned on page 227 of "Rovering to Success."

(8)        The study of the Constitution and Government of his country.

(9)        The study of the relations of the various countries and peoples which compose the Commonwealth of British Nations, and of International relationships.

(10)       The study of the history and organisation of World-wide Scouting and Guiding,  This study should be amplified by correspondence with Scouts in other countries, and, when possible, by carrying out camps and hikes abroad and by studying the Scout literature of other countries.

Rovers and warranted rank

272.      A Rover may take up a warrant without ceasing to be a a Rover, but his duties as a Scouter must come first.  The possession of a warrant will not give him any precedence as a Rover.

Retirement

273.      If occupation, age or other circumstances, prevent a Rover from taking an active part as a member of his Crew and from pursuing the aims mentioned in Rules 269 and 271, he can become an Old Scout.

Uniform and badges

274.      Rovers wear uniform as in Rule 288, and badges as in Rule 316.

THE OLD SCOUT BRANCH (GROUP).

Purpose

274A.    The purpose of the Old Scout Branch is to give its members a feeling of continued possession in the Group and to utilize their services for the support, development, and welfare, of the Group and its traditions.

Formation, etc.

274B.    (i)         An Old Scout Branch may be formed in connection with a Group by procedure similar to that laid down in Rule 194 for the addition of a Section to a Group.

(ii)         The Old Scout Branch is, however, distinct from the three Sections of the   Group, and Rules 197-211 do not apply to it except where specifically stated.

                        It must be entirely self-supporting, and its funds and finances must be kept separate from those of the Group.

(iii)        The Old Scout Branch of a Group may be disbanded by procedure similar to that laid down in Rule 195 for the disbandment of a Section.

(iv)        The provisions of Rule 196 apply in cases of refusal to approve formation of, or decisions to disband, an Old Scout Branch.

Members ex-officio

274C.    All Scouters of the Group whilst holding warrants as such are ex-officio members of the Group Old Scout Branch.

Registration of Old Scouts

274D.    The Old Scout Branch of a Group may at its discretion, but subject to the approval of the D.C., register annually as an Old Scout any former member of the Group qualified in accordance with Rule 274G and 274H; and similarly, may at any time remove the name of any person from the register.

Precautions and reports

274E.    The Old Scout Branch and the D.C. in making any decision under Rule 274 must adopt the precautions required by Rules 72 and 73, and must report to I.H.Q. through the C.C. any case in which it appears that it is undesirable that any person should become or remain a member of the Movement.

THE OLD SCOUT

Registration

274F.    (i)         An Old Scout is a person who is so registered either by the Old Scout    Branch of a L.A.

(ii)         Registration as an Old Scout is only valid for twelve months and must be renewed each year.

Qualifications

274G. The following are eligible for registration as Old Scouts:--

(1)        A desire to live as a man in accordance with the Aims and Basis of the   Association (Rule 1).

(2)        The making or re-affirmation of the Scout Promise.

(3)        A continued interest, as active as possible, in the Scout work of the Group or L.A.

Uniform and badges

274I.     Old Scouts may wear uniform as in Rule 298A, and badges as in Rule 325A.

 

 

   

 

 


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