The President of the Republic of Singapore is the Chief Scout. The Chief Scout holds the highest authority in the SSA and grants warrants and awards to uniformed adult leaders and commissioners who are recommended by the Association Headquarters. The Chief Scout also awards deserving and outstanding youth members who have attained the Standards of the Highest Award — the President’s Scout Award.
The Association Headquarters is led by the Scout Council, which comprises both the uniformed and lay official who will assist the Chief Scout in his functions. The Scout Council is responsible for finding funds to support the association’s activities and provides strategic direction and financial oversight on the Association while the Commissioner’s Council formulate operational policies and directives in the respective fields and departments. The Area Council and the Districts implement the various National policies and directives to the grassroot units. Full-time professional staff provide day-to-day management of the Association Headquarters and provide support services to Commissioner’s Council and Scout Council.