As an adult in Scouting, there are lots of ways you can get involved. Anybody over 18 can volunteer their time to work with our youth sections, providing everyday adventure for hundreds of our members. If you’re between 18 and 25 years old you can also get involved in the Scout Network to keep the adventure alive.

The Scout Association is the largest co-educational youth movement in the UK, Scouting provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for 400,000 young people.

Scouting gives young people the opportunity to learn by doing, as part of a balanced programme. Our programme is a continuous progression of training, activities and awards that covers everything young people do in Scouting from the age of 6 to 25.

Why Volunteer?

Scouting in the UK is growing, we currently have over 30,000 young people on our waiting lists unable to join simply because we don’t have enough adult volunteers. Some of the reasons for volunteering:

  • To give something back to the community.
  • To develop your own skills.
  • To support the Leaders.
  • To enjoy and rediscover the adventure for yourself.


Leader & Helper Social Activities

During the year there are a number of opportunities for adult members to meet together socially. These often include a chance to take part in many of the adventurous activities undertaken by the youth membership such as sailing, kayaking, archery and air rifle shooting.

How can I help?

Volunteering is very flexible, from an hour a week to an hour every 6 months. There are many ways you can help, here are just a few:

  • Section Leader
  • Assistant Leader
  • Occasional Helper
  • Group Executive Committee Member

Message from our Chief Scout

“One of my big missions is to encourage people across the UK who have the time, enthusiasm and ability, whatever it is, to put something back into their communities. It’s about a lot of people doing a little.

“I don’t want to hear any more about kids who can’t join because of a lack of leaders. We’ve got a brilliant, talented nation and I want some of that talent to be used to support young people.”

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout

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