What it means to volunteer

As you are probably aware the success of our Scouting is down to volunteers. Through your support we can continue to grow The Scouts and give young people the opportunity to develop through activities that they wouldn’t receive at school. One way you can help is by becoming a leader. Below we have set out some of the questions you might have about being a leader.

There are many different roles in Scouting. This may be a leader looking after for example Cubs, but equally you may choose a role such as treasurer, trustee, skills expert such as mountaineer, kayaker, archer to name a few. Use our simple online enquiry form which will help you and us find the best type of role to suit you.

Don’t worry you don’t need to. When many of our current leaders started they had no experience at all, they learnt through training, support of other leaders in the group and common sense.

You can job share and support the section you want to work with for example once a fortnight.

We can’t be good or enjoy everything and no one is expected to do things they don’t enjoy. If you are not the outdoors type or a bit shy then that’s fine there is still plenty to do indoors or keeping things organised in the background.

No one is expecting you to, we hope you will learn on the job by seeing what other leaders do.

There are rules and regulations which you will become familiar with over time, if you are uncertain about something the other leaders and myself are there to help. As an Assistant Leader it is very unlikely you will find yourself in this situation anyway.

The Scouts ask people to complete training over 3 years. Training is about 15 hours a year, depending on what you choose to do. The training is done in modules and can be done as online distance learning, group online video or in person training sessions. You may be surprised that you don’t need to do some modules as you may have done them through work or other external experiences.