Volunteering with Scouting is easier than you think..!
Scouting is about everyday people working as leaders and supporters in Scout Groups in their communities, giving young people confidence, a sense of purpose, life values and outdoor skills that are hard to find anywhere else – we call this everyday adventure! Our volunteers put their skills to use and learn new ones, while giving something back to the local community.
Volunteering is easier than you think. With full support and training, you can volunteer on a flexible basis. People nowadays have busy, often unpredictable lives – meaning that they can’t commit set hours, on set days. Scouting is still scouting, whether you’re involved once a week, once or twice a month, every six weeks or even once a year; and whether you are in the thick of activities with a group of young people or working behind the scenes in a management, trustee or support role.
Everyone has something to offer as far as supporting Scouting is concerned, whatever your age or ability, and there are lots of ways to get involved. You don’t have to have any previous experience, or any specialist knowledge, just a passion to see children develop into confident young people.
Scouting has a huge variety of roles to suit everyone, for example, you could be great with engaging young people in activities and be ideal for a leadership role to being very organised and good with administration or be great with money and figures and be well suited to joining the group executive committee. We’ll make sure you’re properly trained and supported.
Come and join in the Fun and Adventure, you never know, like us you might even enjoy yourselves!
Keeping Young People Safe
Young people thrive in safe and secure surroundings, at home and away. Whatever we do or wherever we go, we’re serious about keeping them safe, whether it is Monday evening Scouting, a local trip out and about or a night away from home.
Our volunteers give their time freely to help the young people thrive, working to make sure Scouting is safe, inclusive and accessible. Volunteers who join the leadership team of the Scout Group all go through an appointments process which includes undertaking a disclosure check, attending an interview locally and being asked to provide references. They also must complete a small amount of mandatory training which can be done online.
Young People First
As adults in Scouts, the safety of young people is our priority. We are committed to:
Taking the interests and well-being of young people into account, in all our considerations and activities.
Respecting the rights, wishes and feelings of the young people with whom we work.
Taking all reasonable practicable steps to protect them from neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
Promoting the welfare of young people and their protection within a position of trust.
The Young People First code of practice (also known as the yellow card) sets out a code of behaviour for all adults in Scouts.