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The Otter Pack

A Section of the Scouting Group aimed at youngsters aged from 5 to 8 years. The Scouter-in-charge of the Pack will be the Otter Leader and he/she will be assisted by Assistant Otter Leaders. Parents may also be called upon to assist. 

The maximum number of Otters permitted in one Pack is 32 (4 dens of 8 Otters each).

The Den

The Pack will be divided into a number of Dens, each Den to consist of a maximum of 8 Otters but preferably not more than 6 Otters. The Otter in charge of a Den is called a Den Leader and he/she is assisted by an Assistant Den Leader. 

Where there is an outstanding Otter who is in the later stages of the training scheme then he/she may be appointed as Pack Leader. This is a similar position to a Senior Sixer in the Timber Wolf Pack. The Pack Leader will assist the Otter Leader. The Den will normally be the working unit.

The Group

The Group will consist of one or more Sections but will not be thought to be complete until all Sections possible are fully operating. A complete Scouting Group will consist of:

bulletAn Otter Pack;
bulletA Timber Wolf Pack;
bulletA Scout Troop;
bulletA Senior Scout Troop;
bulletA Rover Crew.

The Scouting Group will be in the charge of a Group Scouter and each Section of the Group will have a Section Leader with Assistants.

The Group Council

This will consist of all the registered Scouters in the Group and this Council will, under the guidance of the Group Scouter, deal with all matters affecting the training of the Group. 

The Group Council is responsible for determining what requirements are necessary to carry out its' duties, and the views of the Group Council are put to the Group Committee by the Group Scouter.

The Group Committee

The Group Committee consists of a Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, representatives of the Sponsoring Authority and parents, supporters and friends of the Group. 

The main function of this Committee is to support the Group Scouter to efficiently run the Group.

The main task is the raising of finance for equipment and normal running costs of the Group.

Uniformed, Warranted Leaders do not take on the roles of Officials of the Group Committee. They may, subject to the Group's own desires, sit on the Group Committee but should not take an active part and should be acting in an advisory capacity. 

To put a halt to any hint of a conflict of interest, Parents who are also Scouters in the Group may not sit on the Group Committee in any capacity.

The District Council

The Group is represented on the District Council by its Group Scouter.

The State Council

This is the central governing body of the Provincial Association and meets to transact the normal business of the association from time to time. 

Each District Commissioner, appointed by the Chief Commissioner, on the advice of the District he/she serves. 

The DC is appointed to the Provincial Council to see that the wishes of the District concerned are fairly represented.

The Annual General Meeting 

This takes place in October of each year and all Warranted, registered Scouters have a vote in the matters of the Association. The meeting is an open meeting and it is at this meeting that the affairs of the Association during the past year are recounted and the election of any officials (if required) takes place (note: Officials are elected for a period of 3 years for all positions). Thus it will be seen that there is a grass-roots presence at the heart of the affairs of The Association.

Pack Parents

These are either Instructors (of any sort) or assisting parents who are allocated to supervise a particular Den and in some cases to actively participate in and encourage the Den to do its' best in activities of whatever description. 

This is not to take away from the Den Leader any responsibility but to act as a normal parent would to his/her family, which is what the Den is meant to be. It should be the aim of the Otter Leader to have a Den Parent for each Den, as adequate supervision is at all times a necessity.

NOTE: It is essential that a PRC be done by ANY parent who volunteers to work with the Pack.

Pack Scouters Names

All registered Otter Pack Sections are required to use the name "AHMEEK" for the Otter Leader. Names for Assistant Leaders and for other instructors (of any sort) and Adult helpers will be left to the discretion of the Section concerned.

Names for Assistant Otter Leaders may be taken from:

bulletAtsak:  The Black Bear Nanuk - The Polar Bear
bulletQimmik:  The Husky Dog Nauyat - The Seagull
bulletAiviq:  The Walrus Tuktu - Caribou
bulletAmaruq:  The Wolf Ukpiq - The Owl
bulletIguttaq:  The Bumblebee Tiriganiaq - The Artic Fox
bulletQilalugaq:  The Beluga Whale Oomingmak - The Muskox

Christian or forenames and forms of address such as Mr., Mrs., Miss., etc should be discouraged.

Badges of Rank

Otter Leaders and Assistant Leaders wear their association metal cap badge.

The Pack Leader will wear three half-inch wide white tape rings around the left arm between the shoulder and elbow.

The Den Leader will wear two half-inch wide white tape rings around the left arm between the shoulder and elbow.

The Assistant Den Leader will wear a single half-inch wide white tape ring around the left arm between shoulder and elbow.

Otter Instructors 

Otter instructors may be Scouts or Senior Scouts of at least Second Class standard and the approval of the Scout Leader or Senior Scout Leader must first be obtained before the appointment is made. A suggested approval period of 1 month is recommended to allow the instructor to be assessed.

Rover Instructors

A Rover wishing to take the Rover Instructor Badge with the Otter Section and with the approval of the Rover Skipper, must hold the Service Training Star and act as an instructor to the satisfaction of the Otter Leader and Group Scouter.

Otter Leaders' Handbook






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