Districts are responsible for providing programme and support for local Scout and Guide groups, although the precise relationship and structure of a District does vary from country to country.
The Scout Association
The Scout Association currently has 895 Scout Districts across the United Kingdom. Each District is responsible for providing programme and support for its member Scout Groups, and is in turn supported by a Scout County.
Districts consist of, on average, about 10 Scout Groups which provide Scouting for members between the ages of 6 and 14. They also have a number of Explorer Scout Units to provide for 14 to 18 year olds, and may have a locally operated Scout Network for 18 to 25 year olds.
Each District is led by a District Commissioner (DC) who is able to appoint a team of Assistant District Commissioners (ADCs). Ideally, one ADC is appointed for each of the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout, and Scout sections in order to provide support and communication between sections in different Scout Groups. Other possible ADC position include activities and general duties, but other positions can be created if the DC perceives a need.
If there are Explorer Scout Units in the District, then there will also be a District Explorer Scout Commissioner to oversee the programme and support of this age range.
As well as the uniformed members of the District Team, there is an executive body which manages the finances of the District and act as a steering committee to determine how support is provided to the Groups.
Girlguiding UK also uses the District system as part of the organisation. Guide Districts do not necessarily cover the same boundaries as their Scouting counterparts.
United States of America
Districts in Scouts Australia are groups of varying numbers Scout Groups, set to a geographic area. They are led by the District Commissioner who is supported by District Leaders for each Section, and for other tasks such as Adult Training, Development (often combined in the same person) Water Activities, the warden of any District owned campsite, as well as the District Executive, a committee of Lay Scouters who are responsible for fundraising and other tasks. In a holdover from the old boys-only days, some districts have a Ladies Auxiliary. Each District is subsidiary to a Region
In contrast to the other Sections, Rovers have no official connection to their district, except in cases of District Rover Crews, although informal District Rover Forums are held in some Districts, and some Districts have an official District Rover Advisor.
- "Scouting in the United Kingdom" (pdf). The Scout Association. Retrieved 2006-12-13.
- "Rule 4.21: The Constitution of the Scout District". Policy, Organisation and Rules. The Scout Association. Retrieved 2006-12-13.
- Scouts Australia, Northern Territory Branch. Structure, 2004