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
- 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’