Our Charity

Gateshead District Scout Council (#Gateshead Scouts) is a charity registered in England with registration number 1015159. We are one of a set of federated charities which make up Scouting in the UK. We are an umbrella organisation for the scout groups in the district and are in turn part of Durham Scout County.

The Purpose of Scouting

Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.

Aims and Objectives

The charitable objects of Gateshead Scouts are as follows:

“To promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities”

Our Values

As Scouts we are guided by these values:

  • Integrity – We act with integrity; we are honest, trustworthy and loyal.
  • Respect – We have self-respect and respect for others.
  • Care – We support others and take care of the world in which we live.
  • Belief – We explore our faiths, beliefs and attitudes.
  • Co-operation – We make a positive difference; we co-operate with others and make friends.

Key Policies

We comply with the key policies of the Scout association, specifically the:

  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Privacy and Data Protection Policy
  • Religious Policy
  • Safeguarding Policy
  • Safety Policy
  • Vetting Policy
  • Youth Member Anti-Bullying Policy

Our Governance

Gateshead Scouts are governed by a trustee board (Executive Committee), formed in accordance with our constitution (below). Our trustees have oversight of all Scouting matters within the scout district and are accountable for ensuring compliance with charity law, and the Policy, Organisation and Rules of the Scout Association (POR).

Our Constitution

We are governed by a constitution based on Chapter 5 of the Policy, Organisation and Rules of the Scout Association (POR). Our current constitution is below:

Gateshead Scout District Constitution v2.00 2022 09 24

Annual Reports and Accounts

Our submitted annual reports and accounts are available via the Charity Commission website.

Any approved annual reports and accounts which are due to be presented at the Annual General Meeting and which have not yet been submitted are shown below:

  • None
Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls