Adults in Scouting are from all walks of life. Yet the one thing they share is the enjoyment of helping young people reach their potential.
Some facts about adults in Scouting
- None of our Leaders are paid – they are all volunteers.
- The majority of our Leaders have full-time jobs and a family.
- 44% of our Leaders are female.
- Leaders get involved because they want to have fun and make new friends themselves.
- Leaders don’t have to be ‘superheroes’ who know everything. They are given training on the job and learn new skills as they go along.
- Whilst all our volunteers are passionate about what they do, many help out on a flexible basis due to other commitments. Some may help out once a week or fortnight whereas others help once a term or at summer camp.
- 27% of volunteers help out in Scouting as they are a parent of a current Member. Many were not Scouts when they were young but have learnt new skills and made new friends through Scouting.
- Not all volunteers wear uniform.
- Many of our adult volunteers say they are more confident in their everyday lives as a result of their involvement with Scouting.
- Not all adults who volunteer for Scouting work with young people. There are a variety of other jobs that need to be done such as gardening and general DIY, organising events, doing the accounts and writing press releases.
- All our Leaders are covered by a comprehensive insurance policy while taking part in Scouting.
- New Leaders in Scouting go through an enhanced criminal records check to ensure they are fit to work with young people.
Everyone has something to give
You may feel that you have no skills to offer Scouting - but everyone has something to give. Doing things such as making squash and organising games means the Leader has more time to spend with the young people.
Do you have any hobbies and interests that you could share? For example, are you a qualified First Aider who could run an interactive session or do you have an interest in nature and could take a Group on a fun walk through the local woods?
If you don’t have time in the evenings when Groups meet could you use your work skills to help out. Perhaps you could take a group of young people to your place of work such as a police station or garden centre?
What you can get out of volunteering?
Volunteering in Scouting is fun and rewarding. You will have the chance to learn new skills, rediscover adventure, make new friends, spend more time with your child and give something back to your community. Why not contact us today?
For more information about Volunteering as a Leader we've written a 'Job Advert' to help tell you a little more about what volunteering as a Leader at our Scout Group is all about and hope you will consider joining us.