We, as with all Scout Groups, are always grateful for any help in the Group. From parents, Scouts who have grown up, and anyone who just wants to help out.
But I’m not outdoorsy/never even camped
You don’t have to be an adventurer like Bear Grylls to get involved with Scouting.
Scouts is about more than just trekking through the woods of Guildford. There are so many other skills that can make up our sessions as well.
Can you paint? Experienced in woodwork or DIY? Sporty, or a digital wizard?
We all have useful skills whether from work or from hobbies, and you can volunteer and help in many ways.
I don’t have that much spare time
Volunteering with us is completely flexible – how much time you give is up to you.
If you’re unable to help weekly, we’re more than happy if you can help fortnightly, monthly, even termly. We’re well aware there’s other commitments in life, and do our best to make sure anyone can help should they want to.
Often have last minute work or family commitments? As long as we know it’s possible, we can work with it.
There’s always options for helping, as often or as little you feel you can. Both the youth and the leaders will always appreciate it!
What will I get out of volunteering?
As well as gaining externally recognised skills and having a brilliant time, Scouting also offers the chance to build on personal skills, like teamwork, confidence and leadership.
Our leaders have worked for and obtained qualifications to teach archery from ArcheryGB, rifle shooting, and tomahawk throwing. There are plans to add fencing and adventurous terrain hiking to that list as well.
This is all on top of the training provided by The Scout Association for helping in the various sections.
Also – we also know where all the very best campsites are! And most Scout campsites allow family camping as well…
Are there any age restrictions on helping out?
As long as you’re over 18, 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 to 18, there is the option of becoming a Young Leader.
So What Can I Do?
What would you like to do?
Our prime need for support is with delivering the programme to young people. We recommend starting as a helper for a term, and then progress to uniformed Section Assistant or Assistant Leader if you’re comfortable to do so. The main difference between the two is that the latter wear uniform and complete a couple of short training modules! There’s no expectation of more time or commitment – that part is always fully for you to decide.
All sections welcome additional support but please contact the Group Scout Leader (our ‘manager’) who will ask which days, times, and section type you want to help at and take it from there. You will always be supported in your journey through scouting.
What about other roles, I don’t think helping on the programme nights is for me
There are many roles within the Group that don’t involve delivering the programme to young people, but they keep the whole Group going…
Plumber - One-off job
Our HQ was badly damaged by water in 2018. Redundant pipes may still exist in the loft. Is there a plumber in our local area willing to quote us for the testing and capping of these pipes to prevent a recurrence?
To ensure our fantastic HQ is kept in good order; manage bookings, ensure repairs are dealt with by the Parish Council or by appropriate tradesman as required.(~2-4 hours a week)
No manual labour required.
Keeping a record of key holders (currently done via Online Scout Manager)
To help the Quartermaster account for, maintain and care for our equipment (tents, lanterns, cooking gear, maps, compasses, games equipment etc) to ensure it is safe and fit for purpose when needed. (~2-3 hours a week, varying on the term).
Waiting List Manager
To actively manage our waiting list and work with the GSL and leaders on allocation of young people to sections. To work with other WL managers across the District. (~2 hours/week).
Cleaner - Paid
We are looking for a cleaner for our HQ and will pay for this service. About 1.5 to 2 hours twice each week. For more details please contact the Acting Group Scout Leader
And a few other roles that would help spread the workload from our Group level and Section level leadership teams.
DBS ID Checker
Verifying people’s identification when new adults come into regular Scouting as part of the DBS (used to be CRB) process
To welcome and induct new adults into their roles
This has typically been asking parents to do occasional but regular help with a section, oftentimes while talking at a pub…
To help organise fund-raising activities efficiently and coordinate efforts between the various Group sections.
To photograph activities and publicise what we do to a wider audience on our social media accounts
To create our social media accounts
Not required to do work on the allotment.
Coordinate with section leaders if it looks to be getting unruly,
and communicate with the Parish Council if needed
Support to a section leader team with finance and badge records
All done via the wonderful Online Scout Manager system (OSM).
Finances are checking OSM entries for payments, and that expense listings have receipts
Badge records are all held in OSM as well, taking all the hard work out of this role. The hardest part is now remembering to order the badges from the District Badge Secretary (via their website)
Once again, please contact the Group Scout Leader (our ‘manager’) who will ask what sort of role you would like and will offer you a choice of ways to support the Group so you can make an informed choice. You will always be supported in your journey through scouting.