Why does Scouting need more help?

ScoutsCymru has hundreds of young people on waiting lists, largely due to the lack of adult volunteers. If more adults helped out this would support and strengthen our current volunteer teams and allow more young people to experience the adventure of Scouting. More adults would mean more young people could join Scouting, Groups could be smaller or new Groups could even open. We always welcome help from adults!

How can I help?

There are many ways in which you can give your time to help Scouting whatever your gender, age, abilities and skills. Simply let us know your availability and how you would like to help and we will match this to roles within your local area.

I don’t have a background in Scouting, does this matter?

No previous Scouting experience is needed. Energy and enthusiasm are the qualities we are looking for.

If 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. This is for a number of reasons including being able to see first-hand how Scouting benefits young people and wanting to give something back, being able to spend more time with their child and realising that volunteering for Scouting is enjoyable and teaches them new skills. 

I will only be able to help out on a flexible basis is this ok?

Yes. There are many different ways to help in Scouting and many of these can be adapted to suit your needs. Whether you can 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. Learn more.

Will I get paid?

Unfortunately, as a voluntary organisation we are unable to pay volunteers for the time they give to Scouting. Out of pocket expenses are paid and many Leaders are offered opportunities to take part in activities and social activities.

What are the benefits of helping out?

There are a huge number of benefits you can gain from volunteering.  Learning new skills, contributing to your community and having fun are just a few of the reasons why our current volunteers choose to spend some of their spare time in Scouting.

I don’t have a specific skill but am keen to help out, what can I do?

Everyone will have a skill, attribute or ability that they can pass on to our young people. One of the best things about volunteering however, is the chance to learn new skills you may not have been able to otherwise. 

Do I have to wear uniform?

No. Although Scouting is a uniformed organisation, adults in Scouting do not have to wear a uniform.

Are there any age restrictions on helping out?

As long as you are over 18 years of age, you can help out as an adult volunteer in Scouting. There is no upper age limit for adult volunteers. If you are aged between 14-18, there is the option of becoming a Young Leader. More information about the Young Leaders’ Scheme.

Will I be insured?

Yes. All Members are covered under our Personal Accident and Medical Expenses Policy.

Do I have to be Bear Grylls?

Absolutely not. While some of the focus of Scouting is teaching young people outdoor skills we have volunteer roles which will never see you hiking up a hill, lighting a fire or sleeping in a tent!

Do I need a police check?

For most roles you will require a free Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Some people still know this by its old name Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. We take the safeguarding of our young people very seriously but will assist you with the check and make it as straightforward as possible.

What training will I get?

To support adults in Scouting, the Association provides a comprehensive programme of training to build on existing skills and knowledge and develop new competencies. 

Some elements of training can count towards externally-recognised qualifications, and within the movement there are also awards to recognise dedication to training and outstanding service.

I’ve got a disability, can I still volunteer?

ScoutsCymru is committed to inclusion and diversity, we will make all reasonable adjustments to ensure that adult volunteers with disabilities can take part in Scouting. If you have any specific queries then please get in touch.

I’m not religious, does that matter?

No, we welcome people of any religion as well as those with none. There are a number of variations of the Scout promise to reflect the range of faiths, beliefs and attitudes; and nationalities in the UK within Scouting. 

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