Volunteering does not have to be complicated or time consuming, you don’t have to have special skills or even masses of time. If every parent in the section offered to help out during one section meeting per year you would be amazed the difference it would make, you might even enjoy it and feel you wanted to do more!
You don’t need to come and run a night, but equally you may have a burning desire to share a skill or passion with some very eager young people! You may just want to tag along on a section night and help out, or make up adult ratios on an outdoor trip or brave a camp. No matter how big or small the commitment it all helps.
You don’t have to get warranted and wear a uniform or undergo training, (unless you wish to). You will need to have a DBS check if you wish to camp or help out on a regular basis.
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.
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.
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.
The short answer is yes. Many of our helpers and leaders are parents of our youth members because they’ve seen firsthand how Scouting benefits young people and want to give something back. It’s also a chance to spend more time with your children and learn new skills. Speak to your child’s leader to discuss how you might become involved.
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.