Come and try volunteering with Scouts:
Inspired by the #GoodForYou campaign, we’re encouraging families, parents, carers, guardians and all residents in South East of Scotland to join in #GoodForTwo from Founder’s Day on 22/2/22 onwards.
Why not come along to your local Scout Group, with a family member, friend or colleague and try ‘us out for size’.
You can see first hand what we do and what the fuss is all about. Experience the fun and benefits offered by Scouting. What’s not to like!
Find your nearest Scout Group here.
We know volunteering with Scouts is #GoodForYou, even better when it’s Good For Two!
Interested? Then read on.
Research tells us adults are more likely to volunteer if they can do it with someone they know. That’s why #GoodForYou is Good for Two.
Scouts is both a young persons and adults experience – making friends, trying something new, doing something good for both your community and yourself and importantly making memories.
This everyday adventure is possible thanks to our adult volunteers (we’d like to say another BIG thank you to our existing volunteers’ commitment and dedication) who support Scouts in a wide range of roles from working directly with young people, to helping manage a Group, to being a charity Trustee.
We help volunteers get the most out of their experiences at Scouts by providing opportunities for adventure, training, fun and friendship. No one adult scout volunteer experience is the same.
We know that Scouts is good for your wellbeing, community, and friends – so why not come and have a go yourself.
Volunteering with Scouts – The Feel Good Factor
Yes, it’s very rewarding helping young people to face new challenges and learn to overcome them. Seeing them grow in confidence will put a smile on your face. As a Scouting volunteer you’ll get plenty out of it too. You’ll:
*The role of a Scout volunteer is also good for your CV, as it suggests that you’re someone who joins in, takes the lead, is supportive and can build successful relationships. All of these qualities are prized and sought after by employers.
Improve your Career Opportunities
As a volunteer, you’ll develop skills that will be useful in your life and work. You’ll get so much out of working with young people, such as:
*There’s nothing like the buzz of adventure, exploring possibilities and doing surprising new things with the young people.
Read their stories and find the perfect volunteer role for yourself. Whether you want to work with young people directly or help behind the scenes, there’s something for everyone at Scouts.
Volunteer to help Scouting and help your community
Put your skills to use, learn new ones and play an active role in your local community.
Scouting in South East Scotland Scouts is run completely by volunteers to ensure that young people can enjoy as much fun and adventure as possible. However we still have many young people on waiting lists who want to join Scouting, but can’t because we don’t have enough volunteers to allow all the extra young people to join.
We don’t just need people to volunteer to help run weekly meetings. There are also plenty of support roles working behind the scenes. You could help with maintenance, assist with finances or record keeping, help with a badge of specific activity, provide training support or help with social media.
There are a variety of roles in Scouting to work with a range of different age groups, meaning that there is an opportunity for everyone to get involved, regardless of how much time you can commit:
• Young Leaders (aged 14-18) to support our young people and volunteers at regular meetings
• Managers to lead and support teams of adults to deliver Scouting
• Trustees to make sure property and resources are properly administered
• Instructors to run a huge range of adventurous activities
• Media and communications people to promote Scouting and improve our communication
• Administrators to maintain finances, records and ensure policies and procedures are followed correctly
• Training Managers to co-ordinate our comprehensive adult training programme
Volunteering is easier than you think. With full support and training, you can volunteer on a flexible basis.
Give young people the skills they need to succeed in life and discover how being part of the Scouting family can be as rewarding for you as it is for them.
You just need to believe in a more positive future and the difference we can make together.
Volunteer today and help us prepare more young people with Skills for 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 will I get out of volunteering?
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 can do to help?
The short answer is yes. Many of our helpers and leaders are parents of our youth members because they’ve seen first hand 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.
Is there an age limit?
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.
Anyone who volunteers with Scouts will be part of a great team of leaders and will work with some amazing young people who are keen to try new and positive experiences!
Where you can volunteer with South East Scotland Scouts?
There’s always room for another at any youth section or in the behind the scenes teams. All our Districts have particular needs at the moment.
The South East Scotland Scouts Region is made up of seven Districts. The map of South East Region shows the approximate location of Scout Groups (Beavers, Cubs and Scouts), Explorer Units and Centres – Bonaly Scout Centre and Longcraig Scout Centre – across the Region. Across the seven Districts we have 92 Groups. So there is lots of local opportunities to volunteer.
Scout Districts are where the programme is delivered to young people. The Scout Districts manage the Scout Groups, Explorer Scout Units and Scout Network within them.
If you’re interested in finding out how you could get involved with Scouting, complete the form here or contact our South East Scotland Scouting Support Officer, Kirstie Armsworth today. We will be in touch to chat to you.
We provide flexible volunteering that works around you, your time and your personal life.
Are you unsure where you could fit into the adventure? Do you want to better understand where your skills could be put to the best use? Not really sure about what you would like to do?
No problem… send us a few contact details and someone will be in touch to discuss volunteering for South East Scotland Scouts in more detail.
We will talk you through all of the exciting opportunities available, answer any questions you may have and then leave it to you to decide how you want to get involved.
Generally, there are a variety of roles in Scouting to work with a range of different age groups, meaning that there is an opportunity for everyone to get involved, regardless of how much time you can commit:
The day marks the birthday of Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (born in 1857), the founder of Scouting. Baden-Powell was a British army officer who founded the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides. Born in London, England, he died in Kenya, Africa, on January 8th 1941.