Week by week, our volunteers empower thousands of young people to learn new skills, make new friends and stand on their own two feet. They’re our everyday heroes. They shape young people’s lives for the better, and find out a whole lot about themselves in the process, too.
Today, there are nearly 60,000 young people on the waiting list to join us in the UK. We’re more relevant and more needed than ever, but it’s not always easy to keep up with the demand.
That’s where you come in.
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 minibus 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.
What Members Say
Paula, Parent Helper
A friend of mine who’s a Beaver leader mentioned she was short of help so I volunteered to give her a hand for a few weeks. I didn’t know much about Scouting, just the old fashioned views most people have. I soon found out what Scouting really is and it’s certainly been an eye-opener. I enjoy it much more than I thought I would.
I made the decision recently to take on the role of permanent Helper for the Colony and haven’t looked back. The most rewarding thing is following the progress and development of the Beavers. They’re with us for two years and it is an amazing journey for them; you see their confidence growing and that’s why I do it.
I have two children so I’m a busy mum. My Scouting commitment is only one hour a week but I get so much satisfaction from it.
Scouting has changed my views on how children can progress and become really confident just by having fun. I now have a totally different outlook on volunteering.
Tina, Group Administrator
I first got involved with Scouting through my daughter. When she joined Beavers, I got chatting to the Chairman of the District at an event. I mentioned that I work in administration, and she said that a Group was looking for someone to help with the administration for the monthly newsletter.
I felt this was something I could do easily, and without committing too much time, so I asked her to tell me a bit more about what it would entail. I now send out the newsletter once it has been written and printed by other volunteers. I like being able to help my daughter’s Group in a way that suits my skills and availability.
Four Week Challenge
An open ended volunteering commitment can be a scary thing. You might not know much about Scouting, so agreeing to volunteer in itself can be a huge leap. You may be unsure whether you will enjoy it; you may well feel out of your comfort zone and might be equally worried about letting the leader down.
That’s why we have the Four Week Challenge. It is a time specific volunteering commitment for those interested in supporting young people, staggered, as the name suggests, over four weeks.
Week 1 - See what we get up to
Week 2 - Start to help out
Week 3 - Get a little more involved
Week 4 - You'll know if Scouting is for you
After the four weeks you will know if Scouting is for you. However, if you find the commitment to weekly meetings is too much there are other alternatives where you can help out. You can help out once a month, help on weekend activities, perhaps you have a skill at taking minutes or looking after accounts. Groups need members on the executive committee to help the group run smoothly behind the scenes.
Chris is a parent of a Cub and offered to step forward to take on the four week challenge.
"If there’s one thing that these four weeks have taught me, it’s that young people don’t need much to have a good time. A little structured activity and a lot of access to the great outdoors is a powerful combination.
Often a helper’s role is just to talk to the children, help them with the activity and just provide a friendly, reassuring presence. You don’t need amazing Scouting skills or knowledge, just a willingness to get involved, try new things and have fun yourself. And it really is true what they say – seeing the children’s smiles at the end of a meeting is an amazing reward." - Chris