Volunteering

Whether you’re a serial volunteer of you’ve never done it before, we always have places available for adults keen to help out with a few hours of their time.

Scouting offers fun, challenging adventure to 400,000 boys and girls across the UK. But it’s about fun and friendship for adults too, and with 30,000 young people still on our waiting lists there’s no better time to get involved.  You can give as much or as little time as you like and you can fit volunteering around your work and family life.

Do I really have the skills you need?

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.

What if I don’t have much spare time?

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.

What’s in it for me?

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.

My child is in Scouting – is there anything I could do to help?

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.

Are there any age restrictions on helping out?

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.

Would you like to:

  • Improve your CV & put your skills to good use
  • Support Young People
  • Become an active member of your community
  • Meet new people and have fun
  • Help lead our groups as an adult volunteer

So you want to help?

If this sounds like something for you, or if you just want a bit more detail, speak to any of our leaders, drop us a line or use our contact us page.