Christopher Wilkinson admitted four counts of deception and two of false accounting involving his work with the parish council in Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire. He had worked part-time for the council for 20 years before an audit revealed discrepancies totalling£13,500. Ten other charges were ordered to lie on the file.
Detectives found Wilkinson took cheques to monthly meetings for councillors to sign. He enjoyed such trust the cheques were rarely questioned, Nottingham Crown Court heard.
The 11 councillors failed to scrutinise the accounts, even though one was a retired accountant.
The court heard the money funded scout jamborees and Mr Wilkinson hoped his contributions would raise his status in the organisation.
Judge Ian Collis told Mr Wilkinson: 'I accept you have no personal reward out of this. But you did take the recognition and praise of the movement which was your obsession.'