Adults

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Adults in Scouting are from all walks of life. Yet the one thing they share is the enjoyment of helping young people reach their potential.

Some facts about adults in Scouting

  • None of our Leaders are paid – they are all volunteers.
  • The majority of our Leaders have full time jobs and a family.
  • 44% of our Leaders are female.
  • Leaders get involved because they want to have fun and make new friends themselves.
  • Leaders don’t have to be ‘superheroes’ who know everything. They are given training on the job and learn new skills as they go along.
  • Whilst all our volunteers are passionate about what they do, many help out on a flexible basis due to other commitments. Some may help out once a week or fortnight whereas others help once a term or at summer camp.
  • 27% of volunteers help out in Scouting as they are a parent of a current Member. Many were not Scouts when they were young but have learnt new skills and made new friends through Scouting.
  • Not all volunteers wear uniform.
  • Many of our adult volunteers say they are more confident in their everyday lives as a result of their involvement with Scouting.
  • Not all adults who volunteer for Scouting work with young people. There are a variety of other jobs that need to be done such as gardening and general DIY, organising events, doing the accounts and writing press releases.
  • All our Leaders are covered by a comprehensive insurance policy while taking part in Scouting.
  • New Leaders in Scouting go through an enhanced criminal records check to ensure they are fit to work with young people.
“I made the decision recently to take on the role of permanent Helper for the Colony and I haven’t looked back.  The most rewarding thing for me is following the progress and development of the Beavers.  They are each with us for 2 years and it is an amazing journey for them too, you see their confidence growing and that’s why I do it.“A friend of mine who is a Beaver Leader mentioned that she was short of help and I volunteered to give her a hand for a few weeks.  I didn’t know much about Scouting, just the old fashioned views most people have. I quickly found out what Scouting really is and it certainly has been an eye opener.  It’s great fun and children can achieve so much even at such a young age.  I enjoy it much more than I thought I would.
I have two children myself so I am a busy mum.  My Scouting commitment is only one hour a week but I get so much satisfaction from it.
Scouting has changed my views on how children can progress and become really confident just by having fun.  The activities we do in the summer are what I enjoy most whether it’s taking the Beavers out for mini-treks or cooking outside.  I now have a totally different outlook on volunteering.”
Paula – Parent Helper