Use your skills as a volunteer
The Scout Association is made up of volunteers who give freely of their time because they enjoy helping to develop young people in our informal educational context.
With basic facilities and volunteer support, Scouting provides life-changing opportunities and adventure to both young people and adults. It offers a high quality balanced programme of opportunities for young people and award winning training to our adult volunteers.
By choosing Scouting, you will make a real difference to the lives of young people and have a huge impact within our community. You will have the opportunity to try plenty of new things and develop your skills.
Scouting is made up of many different types of volunteers
From the Duchess of Cambridge or Chief Scout Bear Grylls, to teachers, postal workers, shop assistants, business people – there is no such thing as a typical volunteer. Some are members, some are supporters and others are parents or young people wanting to do something to help achieve the aims of the Movement.
Adults in Scouting support the Movement in the following ways:
- Working directly with young people as Leaders, Assistant Leaders, Section Assistants and parent helpers (read an outline of the different roles)
- Supporting other adults as a volunteer manager (i.e. Group Scout Leaders, and Commissioners)
- Looking after the administrative side of Scouting as Chairs, Secretaries, Administrators and Treasurers
- Supporting Scouting as members of Scout Active Support Units, Skills Instructors, Activity Advisers and Trainers
Volunteering opportunities are flexible
When someone talks to us about volunteering, we find a role that fits with their time and skills. If that means an hour a month, then we’ll work out how we can make the most of that – designed to fit around the time you have available to volunteer.