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The everyday adventure we offer to our young people is possible thanks to our adult volunteers, who support Scouts in a wide range of roles from working directly with young people, to helping manage a Group, to being a charity Trustee. We help volunteers get the most out of their experiences at Scouts by providing opportunities for adventure, training, fun and friendship.
We have a training scheme for volunteers meaning that adults can get as much from Scouts as young people. Our approach focuses on what you want to get out of volunteering with Scouts, while respecting how much time you can offer.
Below are some common questions regarding volunteering with Scouts. If you have any further questions please do get in touch to discuss. We’ve listed volunteer vacancies below – have a look at what you might be interested in and get in touch!
There are many reasons why adults choose to volunteer for Scouting. Here are some that existing volunteers have given:
- To give something back to the community
- To support the Leaders
- Because volunteering is a ‘good thing
- As an enabler, so the Leader can do more
- To spend more quality time with your child
- To develop your own skills and do something practical
- To enjoy and rediscover adventure for yourself
- To live a healthier more active lifestyle
Are there any age restrictions on helping out?
As long as you’re over 18, you can help out as an adult volunteer in Scouting. There is no upper age limit for adult volunteers.
If you are aged between 14 to 18, there is the option of becoming a Young Leader, where you can gain skills, support your application to higher education and most importantly, have your own adventure
What do Scouts do?
Sections usually meet on one evening during the week, although they may also go to camps and other days out throughout the year.
Whilst the activities they take part in will depend on their age, each Section gives young people the opportunity to learn by doing.
Leaders in The Scout Association are trained to deliver this programme, ensuring our young people stay safe while they enjoy themselves and learn.
What if I don’t have that much spare time?
Volunteering with us is easy, fun and flexible – how much time you give is completely up to you. Whether you help out once a fortnight, month or term or just at special events or camps, there is bound to be a role you can play, and no matter how you get involved, we’ll make sure you’re properly trained and supported.
Do I really have the skills you need?
You don’t have to be an adventurer like Bear Grylls to get involved with Scouting. Do you have first aid knowledge? Are you good with numbers? Handy in the kitchen? Or are you a DIY whizz? We all have useful skills and you can volunteer and help in many ways.
Don’t have any skills? No problem! You may discover skills you didn’t know you have, plus get the chance to learn your own personal skills
What will I get out of volunteering?
As well as gaining externally recognised skills and having a brilliant time, Scouting also offers the chance to build on personal skills, like teamwork, confidence and leadership. A study found that over 90% of our volunteers believe that the skills and experiences they have gained through Scouting have been of relevance to their working or personal lives.
All of our adult membership are friendly and ready to welcome you into the group’s family. You’ll be sure to gain friends and share great experiences
We are looking for Occasional Helpers who can support our Scout Group, but unable to commit to regular weekly sessions. Occasional helpers get involved with a wide range of things that can support the group in a number of ways. This could be in the form of attending a...
We are looking for Executive Committee Members who can support the governance of our Scout Group. The Group Executive Committee plays a vital role in the running of a Scout Group. Executive Committees make decisions and carry out administrative tasks to ensure that...
We are looking for section assistants that can support our Beavers (6 - 8 years), Cubs (8 - 10 1/2 years) and Scouts (10 1/2 - 14 years) sections on a regular basis. Section Assistants are adult volunteers who assist the Section Leaders and Assistant Section Leaders...
We are looking for a quartermaster or group of people willing to take on quartermaster responsibilities. The Quartermaster is responsible for looking after the stores and equipment of the Scout Group. Specific responsibilities include: Keeping the stores tidy and safe...
We are looking for assistant section leaders that can support our Beavers (6 - 8 years), Cubs (8 - 10 1/2 years) and Scouts (10 1/2 - 14 years) sections on a regular basis. The role of an Assistant Section Leader is to support the operation of the section, in...
We are looking for section leaders that can support our Beavers (6 - 8 years), Cubs (8 - 10 1/2 years) and Scouts (10 1/2 - 14 years) sections on a regular basis. The role of a Section Leader is to manage and lead the operations of the Sections, in particular the...
We've been supporting the Early Years Scouting pilot called Squirrels, formally known as Hedgehogs. This section is aimed at 4-6 year olds to have a great introduction to Scouting and start to learn those skills that will be invaluable for many years to come. There...