II. General Organization
"The Boy Scouts Association" was incorporated by Royal Charter
in January, 1912, and is recognised by law as an educational charity.
Majesty, the King is Patron of the Association.
of Names and Badges
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
The organisation is open to British subjects (including the nationals of
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.
The following are considered members of the Movement so long as they are
properly serving in the ranks or positions enumerated:--
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.
Members of L.As. and
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
The Association is not subsidized by the Government; nor is it controlled
by any Department of State.
has no connection in any way with the armed forces of the country.
and Other Societies
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.
The constitution, organisation and finance of the Girl Guides are
entirely separate from those of the Boy Scouts Association.
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.
The provisions of Rule 31 do not prevent: --
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.
Cooperation between Rovers and Rangers carried out as a means of
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
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.
The general scheme of organisation in the
National Councils have been established in
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.
Headquarters are to be taken as appearing in the chart after I.H.Q.
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.
The International Commissioner at I.H.Q. is responsible for relations
with Scout Associations in foreign countries and for British Groups formed in
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.
Variations of P.O.R. rendered necessary by local conditions outside the
Under the Royal Charter, the Association is governed by a Council not
exceeding 70 members.
of the Council
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.
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.
The Chief Scout, Lord Baden-Powell, is Chairman of both the Council and
Scout's and I.H.Q. Commissioners
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.
The various departments of I.H.Q. and their heads are set out in the
Members of the Council, heads and assistant heads of departments, and the
holders of certain appointments at I.H.Q., rank as Commissioners.
It is the desire of I.H.Q. that correspondence shall be reduced as much
All communications sent to I.H.Q. are to be addressed to the Secretary.
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.
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.
and Departments of State
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.
An annual census is taken from the Annual Registration returns as on 30th
The necessary forms and instructions are issued to all proper authorities
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