Volunteering Examples

Adult who can give limited or irregular time each week

  • For adults who can only commit to limited or irregular time each week, there are several options available.

A Section Assistant

  • can be based in a Colony, Pack or Troop

  • does not need to make the Promise

  • does not have to wear uniform

  • only has to do Modules 1 and 3 of the adult training scheme

  • does not have the responsibility of leading the section, and is not required to attend every section meeting.

  • is a Member or Associate Member of The Scout Association

Occasional Helper

  • can be based in a Colony, Pack or Troop

  • does not wear uniform

  • does not take the Promise

  • is not a Member of The Scout Association.

Adults who can’t make a week day commitment

  • This may be someone who is willing to help out if we have a weekend activity occuring e.g. a fundraising event, hike, camping etc.

Adults who can’t commit to all the requirements of a conventional role

  • Any role can be divided between two or more volunteers. Role sharing can open volunteering opportunities to adults unable to make a regular commitment to Scouting.

  • One example is a leadership team of four run on a rotational basis. Each of the leaders takes it in turns to:

    • 1. Plan and lead the meeting

    • 2. Assist with the planning and running of the meeting

    • 3. Attend and assist with the meeting

    • 4. Babysit for the other leaders’ children who are too young to attend the meeting.

  • All four are section leaders. Rotating the roles means that each volunteer only has to be involved in the planning for two out of every four weeks

  • Role sharing can be done with many of the other roles in the Group.

Adults unable to make a term time commitment

  • Traditionally, Scout Groups only meet during the school term; however, there is nothing to say that we can’t meet in the school holidays. Teachers have many of the skills needed to be section leaders; however they may be unable or unwilling to commit to volunteering during term time. Scouting in the school holidays can give these adults the opportunity to volunteer and gives us the benefit of their skills. School holiday Scouting could be a week-long camp, an all day meeting, or a one hour meeting, whichever commitment fits time available.

Adults who would like to volunteer supporting other adults

  • Not all adults who want to volunteer in Scouting will want to work ‘up front’ with young people.

  • There are many roles that can accommodate this and many of them are excellent ways to develop management skills and enhance a CV.

Adults with specific skills to offer

  • Adults with specific skills should be offered a role where their skills can be of maximum benefit to Scouting. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a role within a Section, or even the Group.

  • It might be that you have a skill that would be of great interest to other young people in the District.

  • Alternatively you might be involved in catering and could manage the catering at group events or camps.

Young Leaders (aged 15 to 18)

  • We also have options for young leaders to help out at section meetings. Training is available and volunteering also looks great on a CV. The majority of Young Leaders we’ve had at the group in the past have been doing the Duke of Edinburgh award.