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Blog | Volunteering is #GoodForYou
18/06/2021 By Aaron Wappler

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Volunteering with young people
 
Are you a team player? Love supporting young people? Great at planning? 
 
Most of our volunteers work directly with young people aged 6-18 through our Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer groups, known as sections – helping young people gain skills for life through activities and adventures.
 
Don't just take our word. Watch Nat's story to see how being a part of Scouts shapes lives.
 
 
Working in teams, they might:
 
  • Welcome young people and families to sessions and events
  • Make sure everyone's safe, supported, included and having fun 
  • Help to plan and lead activities
  • Get involved with days out, camps and expeditions 
  • Share and learn skills – from coding to cake decorating to canoeing 
  • Celebrate young people's achievements big and small 
  • No previous experience with young people? No problem. Whether you'd like to help out week-after-week or whenever-you-can, we provide training, learning opportunities and cups of tea – every step of the way.
 
Dougie Simmers - Regional Commissioner on volunteering: “The good news is young people are coming back in droves but that means we need more people to help us ensure young people can meet friends, have fun and fulfil their potential by learning skills for life. By volunteering with the Scouts, it can improve your skills and can even boost your CV. Scouts can really make a positive difference to your wellbeing and gain skills you never knew you could. Try it out by visiting the Scouts website, it would be great to see you there.”
 
Making it all happen
 
Want to make a big impact behind the scenes? Your time and skills can make a difference in so many ways. 
 
Not all volunteers work directly with young people. Locally, regionally and nationally, many help out in other ways.
 
Working in teams, they might: 
 
  • Get the best out of volunteers, using their people and leadership skills
  • Spread the word about Scouts to attract new members
  • Help with admin, fundraising, finances, operations or governance 
  • Keep everything running smoothly on the ground – from serving tea and coffee, helping to tidy up after meetings or sessions, driving or keeping meeting places in tip top condition
  • Not sure how you'd like to help yet, or how much time you have to give? No worries. Your local team can chat you through a whole host of options – including flexible and occasional volunteering. 

 

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