II. General Organization




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Explaination of Abbreviations
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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Royal Charter

22.        "The Boy Scouts Association" was incorporated by Royal Charter in January, 1912, and is recognised by law as an educational charity.

His Majesty, the King is Patron of the Association.

Protection of Names and Badges

23.        By the Chartered Associations (Protection of Names and Uniforms) Act, 1926, and the Chartered Association (Boy Scouts Association) Protection Order, 1927; the name of the Association and certain titles and badges are given legal protection, and any unauthorised person making use of them becomes liable to prosecution.


British Subjects

24.        The organisation is open to British subjects (including the nationals of Protected and Mandated Territories and of Independent States in India ) of every class and denomination.

Foreign Subjects


(i.)        Foreign subjects can be admitted as honorary members, but only after special permission of I.H.Q. has been obtained in each case.

(ii.)        The issue of any warrant or badge of rank to a foreign subject thus admitted also requires the special sanction of I.H.Q.

Classes of Members

26.    The following are considered members of the Movement so long as they are properly serving in the ranks or positions enumerated:--

(1.)   Scouts who are members of a registered Group or are themselves registered as Lone Scouts, Lone Rovers, or Deep Sea Scouts.

             (2.)   Persons registered as Old Scouts by the Old Scout Branch of a Group or L.A.Scouters.

             (3.)   Persons holding Non-executive or Honorary rank, as in Rules 155-163, 165 and 166.

(4.)   Members of L.As. and County Scout Council Members of the Council of the Boy Scouts Association.


 27.     In addition to other methods subsequently provided in the   P.O.R., the membership of any person may be determined by resolution of the Committee of the Council.  The Committee shall not be under any obligation to state its reasons for such action.


Departments of State

 28.     The Association is not subsidized by the Government; nor is it controlled   by any Department of State.

It has no connection in any way with the armed forces of the country.

Kindred and Other Societies

 29.    The Association desires friendly relations with other national organisations of a non-political character having similar aims.  In the case of Churches and certain organisations special rules apply with regard to the registration of Groups, as set out in rule 179.

Girl Guides

30.        The constitution, organisation and finance of the Girl Guides are entirely separate from those of the Boy Scouts Association.

 31.       Whilst cooperation between the two Associations is to be encouraged generally, and in particular as in Rules 109 (4) and 136 (4), it is most undesirable that Guides and Scouts should be trained together, and D.Cs. must see that this rule is strictly enforced.

 32.     The provisions of Rule 31 do not prevent: --

(1.)      Joint training of Cubs and Brownies in schools or in other   exceptional cases authorised by the D. C. and the Guide Commissioner.  In such cases, however, the Brownie Pack requires a separate registration which is dealt with by the Girl Guides Association.  Such Cubs and Brownies must not parade together in public.

(2.)      Cooperation between Rovers and Rangers carried out as a means of training.

Foreign Scout Associations


(1.)       The Boy Scouts Association in common with all the recognised Scout Associations of other countries is registered with the Boy Scouts International Bureau, which is responsible for the recognition and registration of National Scout Associations throughout the world and for the organisation of international events.

(2.)       The International Bureau is controlled by an International Committee elected biennially by the International Conference and is administered by a Director appointed by the International Committee.


United Kingdom and Eire

34.   The general scheme of organisation in the United Kingdom and Eire is set out in the accompanying chart which shows the system of decentralization.

35.   National Councils have been established in Scotland , Wales , and Eire and in respect of these countries are to be taken as appearing in the chart between I.H.Q. and the C.C.

Empire Overseas

36.        Branches of the Association are established in the various Dominions, Colonies, etc., and in the local Chief Scouts and Chief Commissioners, to whom certain duties are delegated, are appointed.  I.H.Q. must be informed of any changes of Secretaries overseas. 

Branch Headquarters are to be taken as appearing in the chart after I.H.Q.

  37.      A Headquarters Commissioner for Overseas Scouts is responsible for the administration of a special department of I.H.Q. and will supply, if desired, a model form of constitution for and Overseas Branch and information on the practice prevailing in other Dominions, Colonies, etc.

Foreign Countries

 38.       The International Commissioner at I.H.Q. is responsible for relations with Scout Associations in foreign countries and for British Groups formed in foreign countries.

 39.   Groups of British Scouts may be formed in foreign countries subject to the consent of the National Scout Headquarters of the country concerned.  Regulations governing the formation and control of such Groups have been drawn up by the International Commissioner, who will send full instructions.  Generally speaking, such Groups should be confined to British subjects, but exceptions are permitted in special circumstances, as laid down in Rule 25.

Local Variations

40.        Variations of P.O.R. rendered necessary by local conditions outside the United Kingdom and Eire may be sanctioned by I.H.Q.


I.H.Q. Council

 41.       Under the Royal Charter, the Association is governed by a Council not exceeding 70 members.

Committee of the Council

42.   The Committee of the Council consists, under the Royal Charter, of the Chief Scout, the Chief Commissioner, the Deputy Chief Commissioner, and the Treasurer, together with fourteen other members, elected by the Council and of whom one-third retire annually.

43.        C.Cs. and Commissioners representing Overseas Dominions have the right of attending meetings of the Committee and putting forward matters for discussion, without vote, on giving a fortnight's notice to the Secretary.

Chief Scout

44.        The Chief Scout, Lord Baden-Powell, is Chairman of both the Council and    the Committee.

Chief Scout's and I.H.Q. Commissioners

45.        The Chief Scout can only attend large rallies and address public meetings at his own discretion and on special occasions, but a staff of Chief Scout's Commissioners has been appointed to assist him in these duties, and visits from them and from I.H.Q. Commissioners will be arranged on application from C.Cs. requiring their assistance.  The special services of the I.H.Q. Travelling Commissioners are available on application by C.Cs.


46.        The various departments of I.H.Q. and their heads are set out in the   Annual Register.


47.        Members of the Council, heads and assistant heads of departments, and the holders of certain appointments at I.H.Q., rank as Commissioners.



48.    It is the desire of I.H.Q. that correspondence shall be reduced as much as possible.


49.    All communications sent to I.H.Q. are to be addressed to the Secretary.

Channel of Communication

50.   All correspondence will normally follow the lines indicated by the organisation chart, except where otherwise directed or in special cases or matters of extreme urgency.

L.A. Secretaries

          51.    L.A. Secretaries will, however, correspond directly with I.H.Q. for badges and forms, and unless otherwise arranged by the County, for the registration of Groups and the issue of warrants for District and Group Scouters.

Royalty and Departments of State

52.        Correspondence relating to Scout matters must not be addressed to any Royal Personage, to any Department of State, or to any Embassy or Legation at home or abroad, except through I.H.Q.


          53.    No member of the Association may express opinions in the public press on any matter of Scout policy or principle without the previous approval of I.H.Q.



54.    An annual census is taken from the Annual Registration returns as on 30th September.

Forms and Instructions

55.        The necessary forms and instructions are issued to all proper authorities without application.






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