Welcome to Scouts, the place to make new friends, have amazing adventures, and learn skills for life.
We’re the UK’s largest mixed youth movement, proudly led by volunteers. Everyone is welcome, no matter your experience or background. You can find an opportunity that’s #GoodForYou and volunteer today.
Volunteering comes in all shapes and sizes. When you join Scouts you are choosing to support young people and your local community, and we want you to have a great experience while you’re doing it!
Not only does offering your time to Scouts help young people who need it most, but volunteering will also allow you to acquire new skills, boost your CV and even get you some extra qualifications.
If you’ve ever been interested in volunteering with Scouts, then this is the guide for you. We’ve compiled a host of ideas so you can make some informed choices and get involved in something that’s right for you. If you’re ready to volunteer then please email the team.
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 – listed below. We have 89 Scout Groups AND the Bonaly Scout Centre and Longcraig Scout Centre – in the Region. So there is lots of local opportunities to volunteer, and right on your doorstep! So you know, 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.
You do not need to have any prior scouting experience to get involved in Scouting and volunteer – everyone is welcome
Getting involved as an adult volunteer is hugely rewarding, and we offer a range of different roles depending on your interests.
The good news is you shape what you do and decide how much time you give. Scouts happens when a lot of us give a little (and no, you don’t have to be a Scout or outdoors expert to volunteer).
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.
When you volunteer with us, you can give as much or as little time as you want, whether that’s committing an hour or two to a weekly meeting, undertaking administration at home at a time which suits you, or attending on an occasional basis as time commitments allow.
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:
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.
As a volunteer, you can choose from a number of different types of volunteering placements:
Vacancies exist in Edinburgh, East Lothian, Borders and Midlothian. And regionally working remotely. Flexible opportunities exist to fit around your home and work life. Roles include working with children and young people, managing teams of adults, administration and finance, trusteeship and training. There’s something for everyone, regardless of your experience or background.
As well as having a positive effect on young people and being great for your karma, there are tonnes of benefits to volunteering with Scouts.
The benefits in return are so rewarding:
Research has shown that volunteering has a hugely positive impact on the lives of those who volunteer in the charity sector. Whether you’re a Group Scout Leader, Occasional Helper or an As-Often-As-You-Can-Er!
According to the research, the majority of volunteers reported having improved life satisfaction (70%) and self-esteem (66%) since beginning volunteer work, as well as having reduced feelings of loneliness (42%) and stress (33%).
Nearly two thirds (65%) also said that since beginning volunteer work they have developed useful employability skills; with 59% saying they feel more confident and 54% feeling more motivated in their jobs.
Whether you want to work with young people directly or help behind the scenes, there’s something for everyone at Scouts.
Volunteering can be a brilliant way to boost your mental wellbeing. It’s a great feeling knowing you’re helping young people get skills for life, and you might even learn a lot about yourself along the way.
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.
Cubs (and Squirrels):
Scouts Activity Centre
Edinburgh Gang Show
Not sure if you can do it?
You don’t need to be Bear Grylls to join us. You don’t need to have been a Scout when you were younger. You don’t even need to know how to put up a tent! Our door is open to people of all ages, genders, races and backgrounds, and we’re only able to change lives because people like you lend a hand. We’re talking about tea makers, tidy-uppers and skill sharers. We’re talking about mini bus drivers and first aiders. We’re talking about students who want to boost their CV, and parents who volunteer so they can spend more time together as a family.
Whatever your skillset, lend a hand for as little or as much time as you can spare, and we promise you’ll get more out than you put in. Because whether you’re helping a leader to run an activity in the local town hall, organising a night away, or buttering 120 slices of bread a group of very hungry eleven year olds – no two Scout meetings are the same. The difference you make, though, is always great.
We provide the training. You show up, get stuck in, and make memories for life.
Sounds fun? Worthwhile? It is!
To help as many young people as possible enjoy the best Scouting possible, we need adult volunteers to get involved in a variety of ways.
This may include helping “behind the scenes” with PR, photography, social media or video-making…our Comms Team could benefit from your skills and expertise and help us shout about the great things Scouting is achieving and get our message out there.
Or you may be an experienced pursuer of an outdoor hobby or sport, and could give a Scout Group a day or two a year to help with outdoor activities and pursuits. Many Groups could benefit from this kind of expertise, helping young people to expand their horizons and enjoy the outdoors.
Or maybe you are a more practical type of person – handy with a hammer, interested in archiving, or willing to help with a fun outdoor activity? Then one of three Scout Centres could really benefit from your involvement.
All these roles can be quite informal, with less regular involvement if that is preferred – but just as much opportunity for fun, meeting people and contributing to the adventure of Scouting. You would be given an induction and support, and where necessary appropriate training.
There are currently about 89 Scout Groups across the South East of Scotland, many of which would love to have your help deliver the activities they run with children and young people! On an evening, you can expect the young people to participate in fun games and some sort of learning activity that will be teaching a new skill, helping them expand their horizons or generally contribute towards their development.
We are looking for adults to help support the running of evening activities for the following age groups:
We also pride ourselves on being as flexible as possible, so if you don’t think you can come down for a weekday evening every week, but can help out less often then please let us know what you can manage.
Every volunteer role comes with an induction, some training and on-going support. As a result, you do not need any Scouting experience – just enthusiasm to help children and young people achieve their full potential.
This type of role will help you develop and evidence essential skills such as team working, taking initiative, creativity, planning, time management and many more. The most important part though, is that it’s fun and rewarding – both for you and the young people!
Every Scout Group needs a team of volunteers helping behind the scenes to ensure the admin, accounts and other practicalities are running smoothly. Together they are called the “Group Executive Committee” and in some Groups they are also known as the “trustees”.
This team meet less regularly than other volunteers in Scouting, maybe 3-4 times a year for a few hours, and give of their time here and there between meetings as required. It is a much less time demanding role but just as crucial as it frees up the volunteers who are working with the children and young people, and ensures all the other little jobs get done
If you have skills in admin or accounting, or are happy helping organising an event or two, then this kind of role could be right for you. Many of our Scout Groups are needing more help in this way and they will feel encouraged by your involvement.
This role also comes with an induction, some training and on-going support. As a result, you do not need any Scouting experience – just enthusiasm to help contribute in a practical way to the development of children and young people.
This type of role will help you develop and evidence essential skills such as team working, taking initiative, creativity, planning, time management and many more.
Are you primarily interested in working with adults but benefiting children and young people at the same time? Do you have (or want to develop) leadership and management skills? Then the role of Group Scout Leader could be right for you. We have a number of vacant slots across the south east of Scotland – there may be one near you!
This role is about contributing to the sustainment and development of an individual Scout Group, by managing and supporting the other volunteers in the Scout Group.
The main tasks of the role include:
The role will allow you to:
This role also comes with an induction, training and on-going support. As a result, you do not need any Scouting experience – we are after volunteers who are capable of motivating, supporting and leading a team of adults (or willing to learn that), and able to be a good time manager and planner.
Volunteering might feel like a big step, but we want to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible. At Scouts, we learn by doing, and this means that from the very beginning you will be able to try out performing some tasks with the support of other local volunteers.
Your local team will support you through your entire journey as a volunteer. They’ll let you know exactly what happens next and answer any questions you have.
The information below is an additional support that will help you get started, and guide you through your journey. The order of the steps you will follow next might be slightly different from Group to Group or from one District to the other, but this guide gives you an overviews of what to expect from your first few months of volunteering with Scouts.
Scouting is a global movement acting in local communities. Volunteers such as your Section Leader, Group Scout Leader or Induction Mentor will give you a warm welcome and support you through your journey. They will answer any questions you might have, show you around, introduce you to other volunteers and help you get started. They are your main support, guiding you through your Induction and Appointment process.
After a couple of weeks at the Scouts, you have probably had the chance to do some of the tasks related to your role and have decided that volunteering with us is the right thing for you. Hooray!
Now we will start giving you a deeper panorama on what Scouting looks like, how your Scout Group/Section/District operates, and ensure you have a good understanding of your tasks and responsibilities.
You will be offered the Getting Started training, an online training pack for new volunteers, and slowly be introduced to the key polices you should be aware of. The Getting Started online training is similar to all new volunteers, with small differences depending on the tasks you will be performing.
To welcome you to the wider team, you’ll be invited to an appointment meeting with 3 volunteers from your area. This is an informal conversation where you’ll find out a bit more about Scouts, and ask any questions you like.
It’s also a chance for you to check you’re comfortable with the role, the tasks you’re taking on and the responsibilities involved. There’ll be an opportunity to talk through our key policies and understand the Scout Promise (but relax, we won’t make you memorise it).
The conversation should last around 30-45 minutes, and can be held face to face or online.
That’s it! Remember your local volunteer team is there to support you through this entire journey, and you can always count on them.
If you are hungry for more, take a look at the additional information.
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.
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!
We all want young people to have the chance to dream big, give it a go and build skills for life. And its not just the young people who benefit from Scouts.
Volunteering is good for boosting your wellbeing, developing CV-friendly skills, making news friends and building memories.
Whether you want to support young people or if you’re more comfortable planning from the sidelines or behind the scene, we’ve got space for you.
Be an enabler and do a good thing. Make a difference, put your skills to good use and play an active role in your community.
Team player? Love supporting young people? Great at planning? Why not join us? We are looking for those with a positive, can-do attitude who want to inspire and support our local young people. Please get in touch to find out more.