Scout Active Support (SAS)

The Scout Active Support (SAS) is made up of members aged 18 and above who wish to provide 'active support' in some way to Scouting. Active Support exists at both local and national levels, and are involved in a wide variety of areas and activities.

The Scout Active Support welcomes adults of all ages, interests and backgrounds.  There is no need to have been involved in Scouting or Guiding before, all that is required is a willingness to give some of your time to Scouting.  In return you will make friends and be able to join in with others in whatever you decided to do.

Scout Fellowship has Changed

Why change?

The Scout Fellowship has played an important role in The Scout Association for over 30 years.  During this time it has provided valuable support in a number of key areas. In 1998, Scout Fellowship adopted the motto ‘providing active support’. However, as many members have acknowledged, Scout Fellowship has become associated with more mundane activities and less of the challenge and adventure of Scouting.

Why Scout Active Support?

Over the last ten years, the phrase ‘active support’ has run across all Fellowship communications, whether in the magazine, online, in resources or on merchandise. Although it is a new name, for this reason it should not feel new. It also describes the service Fellowship offers today much more accurately – a dynamic and practical support framework for local Scouting.

In taking Scout Active Support forward, it is important to retain the key strengths of the Scout Fellowship including, flexibility, experience and support.

Whats Changing?

The name

The most obvious change is the new name. Scout Active Support reflects exactly what this group of adults do: support Scouting. The Fellowship name will no longer be in use after 31 December 2010.

The structure

Each Scout Active Support Unit is moving away from having a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.  Instead the Unit will be run by a Scout Active Support Manager who is appointed by the Group Scout Leader/relevant Commissioner through the usual appointment process. The Fellowship Chairman does not automatically become the Scout Active Support Manager.

The Scout Active Support Unit is clearly linked into the existing local structures to enable the effective promotion of the support it offers.