Do you enjoy interacting with young people?
Are you a team player with a positive, can-do attitude?
Do you enjoy fun activities – from athletics to astronomy, from photography to pioneering?
Do you want to do more?
Then this is right up your street. Joining as a Leader is an exciting way to be part of Scouts in a uniformed role, making sure we deliver the best experiences to our young people.
The 3rd Edinburgh North East (Bellfield Hall, Portobello) Scout Group needs:
Scouting is dynamic and fun. As a Leader, you will help to provide self-development to young people through challenging, adventurous, achievement-oriented, teamwork and leadership-based experiences.
Scouting provides adults with an opportunity to lead and gain satisfaction working with young people and other adults; to make a direct positive impact on your local community and on the lives of young people.
Benefits of being a Leader
The benefits of becoming a volunteer Leader are limitless. They include:
This is an exciting time for 3rd Edinburgh North East Scouts. As a member of the Leaders team, you can play an essential part, be impactful and make a difference! This is flexible volunteering to fit around you.
Why not read our Guide to each role HERE.
Please don’t assume someone else will step up, really, we need your help please.
Group Scout Leader
3rd Edinburgh North East Scout Group (Portobello)
There are different types of ‘Leader’ within a Scout Group, so the answer really depends on what type of leader you wish to become.
Each ‘Section’ has a Leader in charge (the Section Leader, or SL) who must be uniformed. He or she is then supported by other leaders who are also in uniform and are Assistant Section Leaders (ASL’s).
In addition to the uniformed leaders, there can be non-uniformed leaders who are formally ‘appointed’ and attend meetings each week, just like the uniformed leaders – These volunteers are known as Section Assistants.
Then there are Group ‘Occasional Helpers‘ – these are normally parents or supporters who occasionally (typically once or twice a month) help out at Section meetings or events. There is no actual fixed commitment here – other than what you agree with your Section Leader.
Fundamentally, apart from the uniform, the amount of training (and recognition) is considerably less. You will still go through all the safety checks, and some mandatory ‘basic training’.
All Leaders – of whatever type – must be DBS Checked by Scouts. This is a simple process where we check your identity in case of anything ‘unsuitable when caring for children’.
The process is free and is completely confidential. The Group Scout Leader is notified that the check has been completed and is, or is not, OK. No details are released. All things being equal, you will get a certificate to confirm that you have ‘passed’ an ‘Enhanced Disclosure Barring Check’ (DBS) which is valid for 5 years and then must be renewed. These checks are normally instigated ‘on line’ directly from the GSL’s home computer and it is easiest for everyone if you can visit the GSL at his/her home to complete these checks.
There is a formal process which starts by the Group Scout Leader entering your personal details (name, date of birth, address, phone etc) onto the COMPASS system – the national Scout Association database. You will then be allocated your desired role, and you will be introduced to your Section Leader (if you don’t know them already!)
You can then start attending your Section meetings, where you will begin to learn many skills and you will develop through ‘on the job’ training. The Section Leader will look after you and help you throughout.
In the first instance, the best person is probably your GSL or the Assistant GSLs – Emma Finch. Or you can reach out to the Scouting Support Officer, Kirstie Armsworth.