Why be a Scout Volunteer?
Adventure is at the heart of everything we do. It is the single most important thing that sets Scouts apart. Through the everyday adventure of Scouting, young people and adult volunteers regularly experience new challenges that enrich their lives. Scouting helps our young improve their key skills, including social skills, teamwork ability, leadership ability and confidence. Our volunteers also enjoy the benefits of Scouting by learning new skills, making new friends and enjoying a social life with a purpose. There are hundreds of different volunteer roles on offer, from management positions, running activities to behind the scenes roles like driving the minibus or painting and decorating.
1) I’d like to get involved, but I don’t have any skills?
Volunteers can help in many ways. You might have first aid knowledge that you could teach the group, or you might be able to teach our Scouts a thing or two about DIY.
If you’re good with accounts you could be Group treasurer, or if you’re a culinary whizz you could run cooking sessions with the young people. Everyone has a skill (whether you know it or not) and we can make use of it.
2) I would like to volunteer but I don’t have the time?
Volunteering for The Scout Association is easy, fun and flexible. We have a huge variety of roles to suit everyone, and whatever role you choose, we’ll make sure you’re properly trained and supported. You can do a couple of evenings a month or one hour a week: how much time you give is completely up to you. With whatever time you can give to Scouting, hopefully we’ll be able to inspire you by showing how easy and rewarding it can be to volunteer with Scouts.
3) Can you tell me more about volunteer training?
Our award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouting as our young people. Our modular training scheme delivers the full spectrum of required skills. Volunteers can choose training modules that are relevant to the role that they do, ranging from leadership to running residential experiences and first aid.
Our training scheme was recognised with a National Training Award from UK Skills. It is one of the reasons why we have managed to increase our volunteer numbers over the past few years, against the national trend.
4) What else can 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. 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, so we’re certainly doing something right.
A study of volunteers found that more than two-thirds of respondents reported a direct correlation between their volunteer experience within Scouting and gaining employment or career development.
5) Sound good – How do I find out more?
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. To find out more about the different roles within Scouting and to volunteer with Ifield Scout Group please contact us.