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Mixed Membership

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  8. All Scout Groups, Explorer Scout Units and Scout Networks are required to be open to male and female membership except in special situations. Single sex Sections may exist within a Scout Group provided that membership is available for both sexes across all Sections within that Group.

  9. Special situations are defined as being where:

    • there are cultural or religious requirements for single sex working;
    • Scouting is offered in a single sex institution (e.g. school, young offenders institute) through a closed Scout Group;
    • a specialist single sex provision is required to meet a clearly identified educational need (e.g. Scouting for young mothers).

The decision whether Groups or Explorer Scout Units may become an exception to the policy is made by the District Commissioner in consultation with the County Commissioner.