I volunteer will you

Posted by Andrew Hobson Wednesday, 11 April 2012

The Scout Association is the UK’s largest mixed youth movement. We offer activities, adventure and personal development opportunities to more than 400,000 young people and 100,000 adult volunteers. We believe in helping young people grow in confidence and explore their potential as well as providing a range of adult volunteering opportunities.


Volunteering for Scouting gives you the chance to try different activities, visit new places and learn and share skills. You can decide how much or little time you wish to give and how you spend that time. It could be an evening a week or one weekend a year.

  •  you’ll have fun and feel rewarded 
  • you’ll learn new skills 
  • you’ll make new friends 
  • you’ll gain externally recognised qualifications 
  • you’ll add to your CV (practical skills, team working, management skills, communication) 
  • you’ll make a difference and give something back to your community. 
Prior experience or a connection with Scouting is not necessary and we welcome people from different backgrounds.

There are plenty of opportunities, including
  • working directly with young people 
  • supporting or managing other volunteers 
  • providing specialist support, such as in fundraising, training or media relations 
  • managing events 
  • looking after the administrative side of Scouting, such as a secretary or treasurer. 
No matter what you are interested in or what skills you wish to develop, there is a role for you.

By volunteering, you will be making a positive difference to the lives of young people. From archery to canoeing, camping to drama, young people get the opportunity to try new things, explore their talents, develop their values and beliefs and make the most out of life.

Most adults involved in providing Scouting to young people juggle this commitment with work and family life. Remember, you can decide how much or little time you give to Scouting – occasional help is better than no help at all

  • a telephone support and information service 
  • a full colour, 80 page magazine six times a year 
  • six special supplements each year for your specialist area 
  • ongoing training and development 
  • a dedicated and daily updated website with thousands of downloadable resources to help you in your role 
  • discounts on a range of outdoor gear and other offers 
Tell us how you could help