Adult volunteers in Scouting get just as much out of it as our young people do. Along with helping young people develop new skills and enjoy the adventure of Scouting, you’ll also have fun, make friends, and develop your own new skills while having unforgettable experiences.
Scouting simply would not exist without the enthusiasm of our adults. All our leaders and supporters are volunteers who truly believe in the value and impact that scouting has on the lives of young people and run their sections at maximum capacity. We are always looking for opportunities to enable our existing sections to take the maximum number of young people or to start new scouting provisions but in order to do this we need the support of adults to get involved.
As well as learning new skills, we can help you develop your current ones. Volunteering in Scouting can help enhance your CV or allow you to grow your interest and experience in a specific hobby.
Adults in scouting are from all walks of life. From the Duchess of Cambridge or our Chief Scout, TV adventurer Bear Grylls to fire fighters, project managers, nurses, chefs, store managers, stay at home mums and dads, and software engineers, there is no such thing as a typical volunteer. The one thing they share is the enjoyment of working together and helping young people reach their potential.
We encourage everyone (over 18), to lend a hand as and when they can. We also run a fantastic scheme for young people aged 14 to 18 who are interested in helping out, called the young leader scheme, and this is also a great way to complete the service part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
At Scouts, we celebrate differences and welcome everyone. Whatever your background, identity or ability, there’s a volunteer spot with your name on it. Email us to find out more or why not read some of our volunteer stories.
Volunteering with Scouting can enrich your life – don’t just take our word for it. Over 90% of our volunteers say that their Scout experiences are hugely beneficial:
We have an award-winning training scheme for our volunteers so you get as much from it as our amazing young people, including practical skills like first aid and transferable skills like communication and leadership.
More than two-thirds of our volunteers say their CVs have been enhanced by joining Scouts. Employers love to see the commitment of volunteers, and through Scouts, you can get vital experience in areas like management, administration and activities.
A whopping 97% of our volunteers say their involvement has helped them forge new friendships.
There’s no better feeling than making a difference to communities and transforming the lives of young people. How’s that for job satisfaction?
The only prerequisite to volunteering with us – apart from enthusiasm, of course – is that you’re over 18. We know our volunteers lead busy lives, so we’re all about flexibility: whatever the time and skills available we can find a great role for you.
You can choose to volunteer with us once a week, twice a month or once a year – in the thick of activities with young people or behind the scenes in management, executive or support roles.