Adults in Scouting
One of the biggest myths about Scouting is that Groups are closing down due to a lack of young people wanting to become members. Nothing could be further from the truth; Scouting in the UK is a growing Movement and we currently have 30,000 young people on our waiting lists simply because we do not have enough adults to help out.
Facts about Adults in Scouting
Adults in scouting are from all walks of life. Yet one thing they share is the enjoyment of helping young people reach their potential. You may not be a ware of the following facts:
- None of our leaders are paid!
- 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 and learn new skills as they go along
- While all our volunteers are passionate about what they do, many help out on a flexible basis
- 27% of volunteers help out in Scouting as they are a parent of a current Member
- Not all adults who volunteer work with young people. There are a number of other jobs that need to be done within the Group.
Why Should You Help?
There are many reasons why adults should choose to volunteer for scouting. Here are some that existing volunteers have given:
- To give something back to the community
- To support the leaders
- Because volunteering is a 'good thing'
- As an enabler, so the leader can do more
- To spend more quality time with your child
- To develop your own skills
- To enjoy and rediscover adventure for yourself.
How can you help?
There are many roles which need filling within the Group and we always need help somewhere.
The Group Scout Leader is in charge of the group and responsible for the running of the Sections.
Section Leaders are, preferably, a more long term position. It is not easy to find people who will commit so you will see a regular change at the top of the Section.
Section assistants and Occasional helpers are generally parents who come down to help out once a month or on a rota. I would expect to see them move through the group with thier children.
Members of the Executive committee provide a supporting role to the Group Scout Leader and the sections by working to ensure that the facilities are available. The Executive committee also run the fund raising events for the Group
We need help from anyone who would like to lend a hand to look after equipment, the buildings and the grounds