VolunteeringEnjoy Scouting as an adult

Introduction to Volunteering

There are loads of ways to get involved and help Scouting locally. As well as leader roles, there are 100s of ways you can help out behind the scenes, for example in management roles, driving a minibus, or doing odd jobs around the Scout hut.

Scouting offers fun, challenge and everyday adventure to 400,000 girls and boys across the UK. Scouting helps 6-25 year olds grow in confidence, achieve their full potential and become active members of their communities.

This is only possible through the efforts of 100,000 volunteers who also enjoy the fun and friendship of Scouting.

How can I get involved?

We would love to hear from you if you can help in any of our sections, in any capacity. The more adults we have, the more young people can join – we can’t have too many volunteers!

Getting Started

In the first instance email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’ll arrange to meet up for an informal chat, where you can find out a bit more about Scouting, and ask any questions you may have. There’s no commitment at this stage.

Adult Roles in Scouting

If you’d like to volunteer, you’ll need to decide which age group you’d like to work with, and what sort of role you’d like. We’ll explain the options to you, so you can make an informed decision. The main adult roles are Leader, Assistant Leader, Sectional Assistant and Ocassional Helper.

The Appointment Process

For all roles involving working with young people, you will need to successfully complete the appointment process, which includes a CRB/DBS check and two satisfactory personal references, leading to a Provisional Appointment. During the five months of your provisional appointment you’ll need to complete the Getting Started training modules relevant to your new role – this is fairly straightforward and can be done online if you prefer. For Leader and Assistant Leader roles further training must be completed within three years.

Got a Question?

  • 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.
  • 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 that 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.
  • My child is in Scouting - is there anything I could do to help? +

    The short answer is yes. Many of our helpers and leaders are parents of our youth members because they’ve seen firsthand 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. Speak to your child’s leader to discuss how you might become involved.
  • Are there any restrictions on helping out? +

    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.
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