GSL and DESC Essentials

For the 2015 flyer on West Midlands Regional Support events, please click here.

As you know we hold within Region two Induction events a year for GSLs. In 2015 we will be holding joint GSL & DESC Essentials days, so effectively  any new DESCS you appoint will be able to receive an induction into this vital role.

To reserve places at these events the individual simply has to visit the relevant page on the Eventbrite website and register. Click here to see a full comprehensive list of the Regional Events we are holding next year. 

Essentials - An Induction day for GSLs and DESCs

To book your place please follow the link

This one day workshop has been designed for Group Scout Leaders & District Explorer Scout Commissioners 

It complements the GSL Essentials – an induction document for new GSLs and DESC Essentials - an induction document for new DESCs

This one day workshop has been designed with newly appointed District Explorer Scout Commissioners (DESCs) and Group Scout Leaders (GSL) in mind.

However, we are also happy to welcome Assistant Group Scout Leaders (AGSLs),. If you are not currently a DESC or GSL but are interested in the role please contact the event organiser before reserving your place.

The day will cover-

  • The role of the GSL / The role of the DESC

  • Executives and AGMs

  • Getting to know your team

  • Managing your Group or Units recruitment

  • Introduction to development planning recruitment

The day also includes free time to enable you to chat and network with other DESCs & GSL’s from across the West Midlands.

There will also be an opportunity to chat to the Regional Development Service who can offer support and advice on all aspects of recruitment and development within scouting. There will also be a resource area for you to obtain samples of free resources that are available.

The day will begin with coffee, registration and Bacon rolls from 8:30am with a prompt 9:00am start.     We expect the day to end at approx 4:30pm.


The event is free to attend and lunch and all refreshments are provided.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Getting there:  The event is to be held at The Holiday Inn Hotel Walsall.

20 Wolverhampton Road, Walsall, West Midlands,  WS2 0BS         01922 618 800                         01922 618 800  

(Not the Holiday Inn Express which is across the road)

The Hotel has ample free parking, directions are included in your booking confirmation.


Dress code: This is an informal workshop so uniform is not needed. We would suggest smart casual clothing.


Bring: You may bring an I-pad or tablet if you prefer to make notes in this manner, pens and paper will be provided along with a copy of GSL or DESC Essentials and also a goody bag of useful resources.


Refreshments: Breakfast rolls will be served at 830am.

Tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits will be available during the day.


Lunch: Lunch is provided for you free of charge


Saturday, 26 September, 2015 (All day)