Policy, Organisation and Rules - Scout Association of Hong Kong
SCOUT ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG
Policy, Organisation and Rules

Rule 3 The Scout District
Rule 3.5 Qualifications and Responsibilities of District Commissioners and Scouters
Rule 3.5.1 The District Commissioner
(a) Age Limits - Minimum age is thirty and shall retire on reaching the sixty-fifth birthday.
(b) Qualifications - The District Commissioner shall be a Wood Badge holder, possess experience in Scout Group and other qualifications in respect of Scouting experience, education, and working experience as prescribed by the Association.
(c) Responsibilities - The District Commissioner reports to the Regional Commissioner and is responsible with the assistance of the District Staff for the following in his Scout District:
    (i) promoting the Vision, Mission, Values and Aims of the Association in the District;
    (ii) encouraging and facilitating the programme and training of Youth Members and Scouters in the District according to the Aim, Mission and Method of Scouting;
    (iii) upholding and enforcing the Association's Policies, Rules and Regulations in the District;
    (iv) recruiting, developing, and appraising the performance of Commissioners, Scouters and Lay Members in the District;
    (v) promoting the organisation and effective functioning of the District Scout Council and the District Executive Committee;
    (vi) maintaining and improving the quality of Scouting in the Scout Groups through regular visits by the District Staff;
    (vii) ensuring harmonious co-operation of all members in the District and settling disputes between them;
    (viii) ensuring safety in all Scouting activities and requiring strict observance of all safety precautions and rules;
    (ix) maintaining good partnership with Sponsors of the Scout Groups and ensuring that the Association's interests are represented and protected;
    (x) maintaining good relationship with all other bodies in the District whose work is relevant to Scouting;
    (xi) nominating the District President and District Chairman under 3.6.1(a);
    (xii) representing his District on the Regional Scout Council;
    (xiii) sitting as an Ex officio Member in all Councils, Committees and Sub-committees within the District;
    (xiv) assessing and making appropriate recommendations related to registration of the new Scout Groups;
    (xv) seeking adequate funding and other resources to support Scouting in the District;
    (xvi) filing of Annual Census and remitting to the Association Headquarters of Subscriptions of the Members if required of his District;
    (xvii)making appropriate recommendations for awards for Members in the District; and
    (xviii) performing such other duties as the Regional Commissioner may assign generally and/or specifically from time to time.
Rule 3.5.2 Deputy District Commissioner(s)
(a) Age Limits - Minimum age is twenty-five and shall retire on reaching the sixty-fifth birthday.
(b) Qualifications - The Deputy District Commissioner shall be a Wood Badge holder, possess experience in Scout Group and other qualifications in respect of Scouting experience, education, and working experience as prescribed by the Association.
(c) Responsibilities - The Deputy District Commissioner is responsible to his District Commissioner in assisting him in the discharge of his duties and responsibilities in his Scout District, including but not limited to the following:
    (i) conducting training for new and existing Leaders, and Lay Members;
    (ii) establishing new Groups, and recruiting and retaining Members;
    (iii) ensuring quality standards in all Scout Sections;
    (iv) coordinating Sectional youth programme and training and activities;
    (v) performing other administrative duties, including the submission of financial statements and census returns.
(d) When there are two Deputy District Commissioners in the District, one of them shall be responsible for all youth programme and training matters and the other for the remaining responsibilities.
Rule 3.5.3 Assistant District Commissioners
(a) Age limits - for Assistant District Commissioner (Rover Scouts), minimum age is twenty-six; for Assistant District Commissioner (Leader Training) and Assistant District Commissioner in all other Sections, viz., Assistant District Commissioner (Grasshopper Scouts), Assistant District Commissioner (Cub Scouts), Assistant District Commissioner (Scouts), and Assistant District Commissioner (Venture Scouts), minimun age is twenty-five, and all Assistant District Commissioner shall retire on reaching the sixty-fifth birthday.
(b) Qualifications íV The Assistant District Commissioner shall be a Wood Badge holder, possess experience in Scout Group and other qualifications in respect of Scouting experience, education, and working experience as prescribed by the Association.
(c) Responsibilities - Assistant District Commissioners are appointed to assist the District Commissioner with particular duties on matters of Sectional youth programme and leader training.
(d) An Assistant District Commissioner (Leader Training) shall be appointed when there is only one Deputy District Commissioner in the District. He is responsible to the District Commissioner for conducting training for new and existing Leaders and Lay Members.
(e) An Assistant District Commissioner shall be appointed for each Section, provided that there are at least five Groups having such Section in the District. Preferably they should hold Wood Badge for their specific Section of appointment. They are responsible to their District Commissioner for:
    (i) overseeing the running of the Section in the District, including personal support and encouragement to the Sectional Leaders;
    (ii) assisting in the establishment of new Sections and recruitment and retention of Members of that Section;
    (iii) visiting Sections in Groups and providing advice on their operations and standards;
    (iv) organising District Sectional events;
    (v) ensuring that District Sectional Leaders' meetings are held; and
    (vi) performing such other duties as the District Commissioner may assign.
Rule 3.5.4 District Sectional Scout Leaders
(a) Age Limits - for District Rover Scout Leaders minimum age is twenty-six; for District Scout Leaders in all other Sections, viz., District Grasshopper Scout Leader, District Cub Scout Leader, District Scout Leader, and District Venture Scout Leader, minimum age is twenty-one, and all District Sectional Scout Leaders shall retire on reaching the sixty-fifth birthday.
(b) Responsibilities - District Sectional Scout Leaders are appointed to assist the respective Assistant District Commissioners on Sectional matters.
Rule 3.5.5 District Scouters, Assistant District Scouters, District Quartermaster and District Badge Secretary
(a) Age Limits íV for District Scouters minimum age is twenty-one; for Assistant District Scouters, the District Quartermaster and the District Badge Secretary minimum age is eighteen, and they shall retire on reaching the sixty-fifth birthday.
(b) Responsibilities - District Scouters, Assistant District Scouters, the District Quartermaster and the District Badge Secretary are appointed to discharge functions in special or general areas and their duties will be defined by the District Commissioner with the endorsement of the Regional Commissioner at the time of appointment.
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