Adult volunteers play a vital role in Scouts, dedicating their time, skills, and passion to support and guide young people on their scouting journey. These volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and bring a wide range of experiences, expertise, and interests to the scouting community.
Whether as leaders, trainers, administrators, or mentors, adult volunteers contribute to creating safe, inclusive, and enjoyable scouting experiences for young people. They facilitate opportunities for personal growth, adventure, and learning, fostering values such as leadership, teamwork, resilience, and respect.
Through their commitment and dedication, adult volunteers empower young people to develop self-confidence, acquire new skills, and make lasting memories. Their unwavering support and enthusiasm make a significant positive impact on the lives of young people, helping them become active, responsible, and engaged members of their communities.
Volunteering with Young People
You can volunteer directly with young people by helping run a section (Squirrels, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers) at a given scout group. Typically this involves a couple of hours per week running the weekly group meeting and the occasional weekend events like camps. Scouts like to take a flexible approach to volunteering, even if you can’t make every meeting of event you can still be a leader and your help will always be appreciated.
There are a range of different support roles, which often don’t involve directly volunteering with young people. For example, this could involve helping manage a groups admin and finances, sharing a specialist skill or fundraising. These behind the scenes roles are crucial to the smooth running of any group and any support you provided would be appreciated.