Volunteering

Flexible volunteering

The only prerequisite to volunteer with us – apart from enthusiasm, of course – is that you’re over 18. We know our volunteers lead busy lives, so we’re all about flexibility: whatever the time and skills available we can find a great role for you.

You can choose to volunteer with us once a week, twice a month or once a year – in the thick of activities with young people or behind the scenes in management, executive or support roles.

Volunteering with Scouts can enrich your life – don’t just take our word for it. Over 90% of our volunteers say that their Scout experiences are hugely beneficial:

    • Gain skills: We have an award-winning training scheme for our volunteers so you get as much from it as our amazing young people, including practical skills like first aid and transferable skills like communication and leadership.
    • Boost your CV: More than two thirds of our volunteers say their CVs have been enhanced by joining Scouts. Employers love to see the commitment of volunteers, and through Scouts you can get vital experience in areas like management, administration and activities.
    • Make new friends: A whopping 97% of our volunteers say their involvement has helped them forge new friendships.
    • Change lives

There’s no better feeling than making a difference to communities and transforming the lives of young people. How’s that for job satisfaction?

How to volunteer with us

The first step to becoming a Scout volunteer is to contact your Scout Group for more information. Alternatively, contact the Scout Information Centre on 0845 300 1818 (local rate) to find out more.

Your local Scout volunteers will help cherry-pick a role that suits your aims – and your lifestyle. They’ll consider the following factors when finding your ideal fit:

    • How many hours do you want to volunteer – and when? Some volunteers make a regular commitment but if you have less time, or infrequent availability you could job share, or take on a smaller role.
    • What’s your motivation? Telling us why you want to volunteer can help us find your perfect fit. Perhaps you want to boost your CV, use volunteering as an opportunity to make new friends or spend time with your children.
    • What are your interests? Do you want to use your existing skills and interests or develop new ones? Do you have a specialist skill like climbing experience or business know-how?
    • Would you prefer to work with young people or adults? Not all volunteers work directly with children and teenagers; you can also work remotely or primarily with adults as, for example, a treasurer or chairman.
    • Do you want management experience? Scouts is a great way to get management experience outside of work. Many of our volunteers are line managers and they gain valuable leadership experience. We also have active activities-based roles and essential administration jobs – both great CV boosters.
    • Do you want to be a Scout? Some of our volunteers join The Scout Association and others don’t – we have plenty of opportunities for both types of helper. You don’t have to wear a uniform or make the Scout Promise if you don’t want to.

Watch our animated videos: Thinking differently about volunteering

Read Scout volunteer John Morris’ inspirational Guardian blog: ‘Volunteering with the Scouts helped me through the most difficult time in my life’