Volunteering

Scouting in the UK is a growing Movement and we currently have 30,000 young people on our waiting lists simply because we do not have enough adults to help out. Our current volunteer vacancies are listed below and can be found at the national volunteering website, do-it.org.uk. You don’t have to be a Leader to help out – there are lots of opportunities to support the people who do volunteer to lead e.g. managing adults, administration, trustees, treasurers, skill advisers, media management, recruitment, catering – the list is endless and even if you only have a little time to spare you will be able to make a real difference.

Remember, you can decide how much or little time you give to
Scouting

Volunteering for Scouting gives you the chance to try different
activities, visit new places and learn and share skills. In doing so you will
be making a positive difference to the lives of young people. From archery
to canoeing, camping to drama, young people get the opportunity to try new things,
explore their talents, develop their values and beliefs and make the most out
of life

Why should I volunteer with Scouting?

There are many reasons why adults choose to volunteer for Scouting.
Here are some that existing volunteers have given, and you can take a look at our factsheet to learn more about what Scouting can do for you:

  • To give something back to the community: 
    ‘I believe the kids get such a lot out of it; I just put a bit back for what the kids take out.’
  • To support the Leaders:
    ‘They give so much, you’ve got to give some of that back.’
  • Because volunteering is a ‘good thing’:
    ‘I just personally believe that you should always do some kind of voluntary work…otherwise nothing would get
    done in this world.’
  • As an enabler, so the Leader can do more: ‘If I can help Sam, our Leader, out by
    doing the little things, then it means she has got more time to give the
    kids and then they get more out of it.’
  • To spend more quality time with your child:
    ‘David used to go on his PlayStation2 while I read the paper after school and work – now we get a chance to do
    activities together.’
  • To develop your own skills:
    ‘I hadn’t used a compass since I was a Scout. After I learned how to use one
    again, I take one out on family walks. We get lost less than we used to!’
  • To enjoy and rediscover adventure for yourself:
    ‘We had a water fight at Beavers the
    other week, it was great!’

Administrative support

We have an opportunity for very flexible working to provide administrative support to our District Chairman and District Commissioner. General administrative tasks as well as recording minutes at occasional evening meetings. No prior knowledge of Scouting is required, but ability to use e-mail and word-processing/spreadsheet tools would be useful.

Opportunities

Take a look at our current opportunities