Can you help us as a new County Secretary?

Come and join us to help to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society, though being the Secretary to the Executive Committee (Board of Trustees).

The volunteers that make up the Committee give their time to ensure that Scouting continues to meet its charitable purpose: safely and legally.

Main Tasks

The responsibilities of the Secretary

  • Provide administrative support to the running of the Executive Committee.
  • Act as Secretary for the County Scout Council.
  • Work with the Chair of the Executive Committee to set meeting agendas and arrange meeting logistics for the Executive Committee.
  • Taking accurate and accessible minutes of Executive Committee meetings.
  • Distributing agendas, minutes and supporting documents for Executive Committee meetings.
  • Maintaining accurate records for the administration of the County; including meeting minutes, census details, ownership of property and equipment, insurance and financial information.
  • Ensuring the safety and security of records maintained by the Executive Committee, complying with appropriate legal requirements.
  • Communicating with the Executive Committee and County Scout Council.
  • Support the completion of the Annual Census return.
  • Preparing the appropriate administration for the Annual General Meeting, including collating the Annual Report and Accounts for the Annual General Meeting

The Secretary may delegate some of these tasks to other members of the Executive Committee, or others within the County, for completion, but they must maintain overall responsibility for their completion

General Executive Committee Responsibilities

  • To be a full and active participant in Executive Committee meetings and activities.
  • To uphold the responsibilities of an Executive Committee as outlined in The Scout Association’s Policy Organisation and Rules.
  • Willingness and eligibility to act as a Charity Trustee for the County**
  • Contribute to the strategic aims and future development of the County.
  • Terms of Eligibility for Charity Trusteeship can be found in The Scout Association’s Policy, Organisation and Rules; or by access the Charity Commission for England and Wales website

Skills for a Secretary

  • Strong organisational skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Able to think creatively and solve problems
  • Good IT skills
  • Ability to summarise information for different audiences
  • Willing to speak one’s mind and listen to the views of others
  • Able to maintain an independent and objective judgement

Responsible to Solihull County Scout Council

Role Requirements

The appointment requirements for the role are the successful completion of the appointment process, including acceptable personal enquiries, DBS and acceptance of The Scout Association’s policies. It is expected that whilst volunteering for this role you will undertake a regulated activity.

If interested – please contact Simon – the chair by sending an email in the first instance (click here)


New Beaver Colony Open

16th Solihull, the newest Group in Solihull, recently celebrated their success with an investiture evening.  County Commissioner, Shirley, invested 3 leaders and 24 Beavers.

The Group which is part of Cole District, currently meeting at 5th Solihull Scout Hut, had their first meeting in May. They have slowly grown in number and the Beavers have already gained their Health and Fitness Badge. They are looking forward to completing the Book Reader badge as a challenge over the half-term holiday. 

Over the past few months they have been supported and helped by many leaders across the County and would like to pass on their Thanks to all. 

We look forward to hearing about their successes as the Group slowly grows.


Young Leaders’ training starts 8th October

The new Young Leader training programme has been finalised and the details can be found on our Facebook page @solyoungleaders and on the Calendar here on the website. We are starting with Module B: Taking the Lead! on 08 October and the next compulsory Module A: Prepare for Take Off! is on 26 November. We meet at County HQ from 8pm to 9.30pm. Please contact Shirley Brookes via shirley@solihullscouts.org.uk if you want any more details.


County Night Hike – Save The Date

Solihull County Scouts & Explorers Night Hike will take place on the 8th February 2020 and will be based from Heart of England Conference Centre in Meridan as it did in 2019.

Bookings will open on the 1st January and close at the end of the month!

Any questions or queries please contact Paul Webb.