Scout District

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A Scout District is an administrative division within some Scouting and Guiding organisations.

Districts are responsible for providing programme and support for local Scout and Guide groups, although the precise relationship and structure of a District does vary from country to country.

United Kingdom

The Scout Association

The Scout Association currently has 854 Scout Districts across the United Kingdom.[1] Each District is responsible for providing programme and support for its member Scout Group, and is in turn supported by a Scout County.


Districts consist of, on average, about 10 Scout Groups which provide Scouting for members between the ages of 6 and 14. They also have a number of Explorer Scout Units to provide for 14 to 18 year olds, and may have a locally operated Scout Network for 18 to 25 year ols.

Each District is led by a District Commissioner (DC) who is able to appoint a team of Assistant District Commissioners (ADCs). Ideally, one ADC is appointed for each of the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout, and Scout sections in order to provide support and communication between sections in different Scout Groups. Other possible ADC position include activities and general duties, but other positions can be created if the DC perceives a need.

If there are Explorer Scout Units in the District, then there will also be a District Explorer Scout Commissioner to oversee the programme and support of this age range.

As well as the uniformed members of the District Team, there is an executive body which manages the finances of the District and act as a steering committee to determine how support is provided to the Groups.[2]

Girlguiding UK

Girlguiding UK also uses the District system as part of the organisation. Guide Districts do not necessarily cover the same boundaries as their Scouting counterparts.

United States of America

Both the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA have District-level administrative bodies.

See also


  1. "Scouting in the United Kingdom" (pdf). The Scout Association. Retrieved 2006-12-13. 
  2. "Rule 4.21: The Constitution of the Scout District" (html). Policy, Organisation and Rules. The Scout Association. Retrieved 2006-12-13.