Flexible Volunteering

Can you inspire?

Are you bursting with energy and ideas? Are you most at home in a room full of people, helping bring out the best in them? Good. Then you’ll do nicely as a volunteer for our Scout Group. We promise to support you every step of the way, and no you don’t need to have been a Beaver, Cub or Scout.

Already convinced? Please get in touch!

We encourage flexible volunteering at Chessington Scout Group. Note that you don’t need to be a parent or have previous Scouting experience to get involved!

What you can get out of volunteering

Volunteering in Scouting is fun and rewarding. You will have the chance to

  • learn new skills,
  • rediscover adventure,
  • make new friends,
  • give as much or as little time as you’d like,
  • enhance your CV,
  • give something back to your community and
  • spend more time with your child if they are a Beaver, Cub or Scout

Everyone has something to give

You may feel that you have no skills to offer Scouting – but everyone has something to give.  Doing things such as making squash and organising games means the Leader has more time to spend with the young people.

Do you have any hobbies and interests that you could share? For example, are you a qualified First Aider who could run an interactive session or do you have an interest in nature and could take a Group on a fun walk through the local woods?

If you don’t have time in the evenings when Groups meet could you use your work skills to help out a few hours a month to suit you? Are you a gardener, an accountant or work in Public Relations for example or could you take a Group to your place of work such as a police station or garden centre?

Facts about adults in Scouting

  • None of our Leaders are paid – they are all volunteers.
  • The majority of our Leaders have full time jobs and a family.
  • 44% of our Leaders are female.
  • Whilst all our volunteers are passionate about what they do, many help out on a flexible basis due to other commitments. Some may help out once a week or fortnight whereas others help once a term or at summer camp.
  • Not all volunteers have to wear uniform.
  • Many of our adult volunteers say they are more confident in their everyday lives as a result of their involvement with Scouting.

Still not sure?

Take a look at these videos for some other ideas of how to think differently about volunteering.

Read how Scouts can help you find a job.

We have various kinds of flexible volunteering available. This page describes a number of examples that we could consider.

Small things you can do to help

The following are a list of tasks (big & small) we have as examples of some of the things people could do that would really help us out. The list isn’t exhaustive, so if you have ideas about how you could help out please contact us!

  • manage lettings of the Scout Hut

  • fundraising, one off / regular

  • read the meters once a month

  • cut the grass twice a year

  • put tents up at the beginning of camp

  • be a cook at camp

  • deliver leaflets when we advertise fundraising events

  • update our website with things we’ve been doing

  • become the executive committee secretary

  • become a parent representative on the group executive committee

  • be a minibus driver for us (training available)

  • help us plan section programmes

  • manage the accounts for a section

  • interesting hobby or job? Come and present to one of our sections one night

  • organise an end of term activity / outing

  • come with us on camp

  • come with us on an activity / outing

  • help out at church parade

  • help out on St George’s day

  • join the parent rota

  • commit to helping a section once a month or twice a month.

  • become a leader!

If any of the above interests you then please contact us.