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.
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.
The District Executive Committee plays a vital role in the running of a Scout District. Executive Committees make decisions and carry out administrative tasks to ensure that the best quality Scouting can be delivered to young people in the District