Volunteers

Our award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouting as our young people.

Scouting’s quality depends on its volunteers and our volunteers depend on Scouting to teach them the skills they need.

National leader

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.

Relevant skills

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.

Training in Scouting has also enabled volunteers to gain accreditation for Open College Network awards in Youth Work, and helped them to become associate members of the Institute of Leadership and Management and the Institute for Training and Occupational Learning.

Why Volunteer? – 10 Good Reasons…

We asked our brilliant Scouts for reasons why their leaders are great and put them together to give you 10 reasons to volunteer.

1. There is always somebody to laugh at your terrible jokes.

‘He tells awful jokes, but they are so bad that you can’t help but like them’- Elenya

2. You adopt a new family that never stops extending.

‘They are not like my parents, they are like brothers and sisters to me.’ – Kamil

3. When you don’t feel like you’re good enough, there are people around you who think you’re the best!

‘He is amazing! He is always coming up with great ideas and is full of energy.’ – Tim

4. Your encouragement gives a young person hope.

‘They never give up on you!’ – Abbie

5. Your support can put a smile on a young person’s face when they are having a tough day.

‘They help me through some really hard times in my life and they make everything fun.’- Phoebe

6. By being you, you can teach others that it’s ok to be themselves.

‘He teaches me how to be myself’- Amir

7. By becoming a leader you can lead young people on the adventure of a lifetime.

‘My Scout Leaders took our group from doing barely anything, with nights just revolving around games to getting out and doing some truly amazing things.’- James

8. You become more than a volunteer, you become somebody’s mentor.

‘They give us advice and lots of cool opportunities’- Sofia

9. You develop relationships that stand the test of time.

‘My old Cub Leader is one of the most important people in my life, we have some of the most incredible memories at camps, coffee catch ups and so on. She’s someone that’s always filled with energy and wants the kids and herself to have so much fun! She’s simply incredible, I love her to the moon and back.’- Caitlyn

10. Your dedication to Scouting helps somebody to achieve awards!

‘They helped us get our Chief Scouts Gold (Award)’- Caroline

Inspired to volunteer?

Join the adventure!