Volunteering with us

Scouting doesn’t happen without a team of leaders to help run it. This involves planning meetings, running activities, and working with young people. There are also many supporting roles that help to keep the organisation moving such as administration, finance and media. And all of these roles are filled by volunteers.

There are currently almost half a million young people in Scouting but unfortunately almost 51,000 more sit on waiting lists for groups around the country due to there not being enough leaders to handle the extra Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers eager to join. This is a real problem and is why we need more adults, like yourself, to pitch in and do your bit. Which is where the 4 week challenge comes in!

Would you like to…

  • Spend some quality time with your child?
  • Develop your own skills?
  • Have fun and rediscover adventure?
  • Give something back to the community?

Why not try some of the fun and adventure of Scouting yourself? We’re now inviting parents to come along to scouts for 4 weeks. You’ll be amazed at the difference you can make and how good you’ll feel…

Take on the 4-week challenge

The purpose of the 4 Week challenge is for parents and other adults to see & experience Scouting first hand. The four weeks should showcase how easy it can be to help, show adults its fun and gradually build a relationship between the leadership team and the new adults gradually increasing their involvement in the programme across four weeks. The 4 week challenge has been set up by Scouting to try and make it easier for you to do your bit. It allows you to see what we get up to without being thrown in at the deep end, and it works like this:

  • Week 1 Come along and see what we get up to
  • Week 2 Start to help out
  • Week 3 Get a little more involved – maybe run an activity
  • Week 4 By now you’ll know if Scouting is for you.

 You’ll be amazed at the difference you can make and how good you’ll feel…

If you want to continue, then this is a great time to discuss the range of roles available, the training requirements and benefits. We have a wide range of flexible vacancies either supporting young people or behind the scenes. Even if you can only give one hour a month, any help is truly amazing!

Fancy the challenge? Go to the ‘Get Involved’ page and ‘Volunteer with us’ subheading or speak to a section leader and we’ll help you get started.