Volunteering’s not just about giving back – it goes both ways.

Our adult volunteers get just as much out of Scouting as our young people do. As well as helping young people to enjoy the adventure of Scouting, you’ll also have fun, make friends, develop new skills and have unforgettable experiences.

We can also help you develop your current skills and learn new ones. Volunteering in Scouting can enhance your CV or simply allow you to pursue your interest in a specific hobby.

Within the Scout Sections, there are a number of adult leadership roles, with associated support roles.

Pentland District covers the geographical area of Balerno, Juniper Green, Currie, Ratho, Colinton, Craiglockhart, Baberton, Sighthill, Colinton Mains, Oxgangs, Longstone and Shandon. It is responsible for the Scout Groups (each of which includes Beavers, Cubs and Scouts) and Explorer Units in the District. A full list of each Scout Group can be found here.

Pentland Scouts: Full list of volunteering opportunities, click here Pentland September newsletter 

What type of role could I do?


What type of role could I do?

We have a wide range of volunteer roles – from casual helpers to leaders, trainers, trustees and more – we have a role for everyone.  We also offer flexible volunteering roles too, so we can fit around you and the time that you want to give to Scouting.

Do I have the right skills?

You don’t need to have previous experience in Scouting, just energy and enthusiasm.  We can match your existing skills with the right role and help you to develop new skills.


Quality Training

All of our adult volunteers receive full induction and ongoing training and support.  Our training has been recognised with a National Training Award by UK Skills and 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.

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.

What do I do if I wish to volunteer?

So, you wish to become a local volunteer with Scouts? Thank you! What do you do next?

✔️ You can contact a specific Group directly using the ‘Find Your Local Group’ here: https://www.scouts.org.uk/ You can call, email or even arrange to pop along for a chat.


✔️ You can contact us using this enquiry form if you’d prefer:

 We can also put you in touch with other volunteers to hear their experiences in your local area. In the meantime you could hear some other volunteer stories here: https://www.scouts.org.uk/…/volunt…/meet-our-volunteers/

 Or why not reach out to our Scouting Support Officer – Kirstie – via kirstie.armsworth@sesscouts.org.uk or call her on 07710 703 372 for an informal, no obligation, chin-wag.

There are lots of ways you can get more involved with South East Scotland Scouts as a parent, carer or family member. From helping out occasionally on a family rota or playing a vital role behind the scenes, to stepping up as a leader, our volunteering activities are as varied as you. Our local Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Scout Network and wider Scouts team need your help, please.

Scouts is full of ordinary people like you making an extraordinary difference to young people’s lives and learning a whole lot along the way (in a fun way) – come and join us.