Downsman Hike Organisers

Downsman 2017 will be the 50th running of the Sussex Downsman Hike. It will also be the 16th Downsman run by the current organisers and they have decided that this event would be a good time for them to retire and let someone else take over this great event.

The organisers operate as an Active Support Unit and are currently managed by Richard Sullivan, so as well as people to help with the general organisation, we are also looking for someone to take on this unit manager role and build on Richard’s success.

This is a SASU manager role so will require you to undertake training to a Wood Badge level.

  • Have you got what it takes?
  • Are you organised?
  • A team builder?
  • Are you passionate about keeping a much loved County event going?

Ideally we need someone who will focus solely on this role and be able to shadow Richard as he plans the next and his final one (50th anniversary) to be held on October 2017.

Interested? download the role descriptions


or want to know more – please contact Paul Arkle (ACC Activities) below

New District Commissioner – Chichester District

After leading the District through growth and development the current District Commissioner (DC) is stepping down and will consider the options available to continue his scouting journey.

Chichester District is now moving into its next phase of development and we are looking for a new DC. The DC is a volunteer manager who ensures all the Scout Groups are supported, motivated and developed ensuring that young people get the best quality Scouting possible.

For more information see the District Commissioner volunteer Pack

How can I help?

A small Search Group has been formed to assist the County Commissioner in a search for a new DC. We know there are some amazing people within the District and we want to ensure everyone gets the opportunity to nominate people they feel could undertake this role and make a difference.

Therefore you are now invited to contribute to this search by submitting a nomination, or even nominations, of persons, including yourself, whom you feel should be considered for this important and rewarding role.

As well as considering those for nomination you are asked to forward this to all contacts you have connected to Scouting, both currently and previously.

Who can I nominate?

Self nominations are actively encouraged and expected, let’s be honest, if you believe you can bring the right skills and expertise to the role and you are enthusiastic and motivated then why not nominate yourself? If you don’t you may miss this rewarding opportunity if you are not nominated by someone else.

To nominate others or yourself please complete the nomination form included. You can of course at any point contact Robin Strange the Search Group Chairman to have an informal chat about the role and what it entails.

It does not matter if the individual you want to nominate is new to scouting; we welcome nominations of and from external candidates. Scouting has a comprehensive training scheme which can provide training and support for anyone new to scouting, enabling the individual to develop. What is important is for them to bring the leadership and skills that will continue to help move Chichester District forward.

What’s in it for me?

In the role of DC you can be safe in the knowledge that you are making a real difference to the local young people by working with a team of like minded adults to develop the District.

You will be responsible for ensuring each adult has what they need to be confident in their role by creating a network of support to help and guide them. You will have access to training relevant to your role and will have an induction to ensure you get the very best start in your new role.

How do I nominate?

This is the easy part, please complete the enclosed nomination form and forward it to the Search Group Chairman. You can do this in a number of ways-

By Post:- please send any nominations in a sealed envelope to:

Robin Strange
2 Offington Drive
West Sussex
BN14 9PN

By Email:-

The search will close on 10th December 2016 so please ensure your nomination is received by this date.

What happens next?

Nominations will be reviewed by the Search Group and a shortlist drawn up for consideration by the County Commissioner. If you are unsure or would like a non committal chat about the role or any nominations you wish to make then please do contact me below.


Assistant County Commissioner – Awards

Help our young people achieve their potential as the new ACC Awards.

We are seeking to appoint someone who is enthusiastic about promoting the top youth awards in Scouting and understands how they develop young people to achieve their full potential.

This new ACC role is part of the County Management Team and will be responsible for the management of County Awards events and supporting other commissioners in the promotion and effective operation of the 14-25 (Chief Scout’s Diamond, Chief Scout’s Platinum, Queen’s Scout, Explorer Belt, Scout’s of the World and Duke of Edinburgh’s) Awards.

Interested in this new role or what to know more? Take a look at the full role description.

For an informal chat or to register your interest, contact Matt Pike below