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    I have just been asked to become a district scouter I said "I will have to think about it"

    the reason I said that was I dont know what a district scouter does ???

    so can any out there help me understand the role before i take on more work than i do now !!!!
    Craig

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    Like most things in Scouting, it depends what you want to make of it. It can include things like stepping into a section to lend a hand, running a meeting because a leader is ill and there is nobody to cover, setting up or helping at badge/skills courses - the list is endless. When I've done it in the past, it's actually been quite a relaxed role and not terribly time consuming BUT that is no guarantee of course. I would suggest that you go back to whoever asked you and ask how they see the role and why they think there is a need for a DSL. But before that, decide how much time you want to offer - then apply the Scouting factor and remember that someone once told you "It's only a couple of hours a week".

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    You say that you have beeen asked to become a District Scouter. Ask the person who asked you, what you would be expected to do in this role - no one should be expected to take on any role without being given an idea of what it entails.
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    try http://www.scoutbase.org.uk/support/role/jobs/index.htm

    job descriptions for adults in scouting...

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    My experience of "District Scouters" is that they are either

    1 - Experienced Scouters that have been recrited to help the ADC in organising district events (possibly still actively participating in a group too)

    2 - Experienced Scouters that have lost interest/don't have the time but want to keep a warranted position.

    I am guessing that if you have been asked to become a district Scouter, then you probably fall into the first category, and therefore the person that asked you probably has some expectation of what your role will be.

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    Before I became a DC many years ago, I was a District Scouter. I found it to be a very enjoyable role - you have the ability to make decisions etc on a District level without the responsibility of being an ADC (Scouts).

    I found that I was tasked with specific projects (such as running a District Swimming Gala or training PLs) rather than just "keeping the trains on time" which I think is what an ADC does a lot of the time.

    Again as people have said it is what you make it - but (as people have also said!) I found it to be particuarly relaxed and flexible.

    Bob

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    bobby....why did you become a GSL then!!!! sounds like you would prefer to be DSL again

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    I certainly would Jamie!! but I unfortunately had to do a stint (only 5 years!!) as DC and couldn't really go backwards!!

    I would prefer DSL over DC any day!

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