Scouts only exists because you make it happen. We know how important it is having easy access to all the information and guidance you need. Whatever your role, we want to empower and support you as much as we can.
Week by week, our volunteers empower thousands of young people to learn new skills, make new friends and stand on their own two feet.
They’re our everyday heroes. They shape young people’s lives for the better, and find out a whole lot about themselves in the process, too.
Today, there are nearly 60,000 young people on the waiting list to join us in the UK. We’re more relevant and more needed than ever, but it’s not always easy to keep up with the demand.
That’s where you come in.
You don’t need to be Bear Grylls to join us. You don’t need to have been a Scout when you were younger. You don’t even need to know how to put up a tent. Our door is open to people of all ages, genders, races and backgrounds, and we’re only able to change lives because people like you lend a hand.
We’re talking about tea makers, tidy-uppers and skill sharers. We’re talking about mini bus drivers and first aiders. We’re talking about students who want to boost their CV, and parents who volunteer so they can spend more time together as a family.
Whatever your skillset, lend a hand for as little or as much time as you can spare, and we promise you’ll get more out than you put in. Because whether you’re helping a leader to run an activity in the local town hall, organising a night away, or buttering 120 slices of bread a group of very hungry eleven year olds – no two Scout meetings are the same. The difference you make, though, is always great.
We provide the training. You show up, get stuck in, and make memories for life.
Sounds fun? Worthwhile? It is.
‘It’s the best non-paid job in the world’
10 reasons to volunteer in Scouting
We asked our brilliant Scouts for reasons why their leaders are great and put them together to give you 10 reasons to volunteer.
1. There is always somebody to laugh at your terrible jokes.
‘He tells awful jokes, but they are so bad that you can’t help but like them’- Elenya
2. You adopt a new family that never stops extending.
‘They are not like my parents, they are like brothers and sisters to me.’ – Kamil
3. When you don’t feel like you’re good enough, there are people around you who think you’re the best!
‘He is amazing! He is always coming up with great ideas and is full of energy.’ – Tim
4. Your encouragement gives a young person hope.
‘They never give up on you!’ – Abbie
5. Your support can put a smile on a young person’s face when they are having a tough day.
‘They help me through some really hard times in my life and they make everything fun.’- Phoebe
6. By being you, you can teach others that it’s ok to be themselves.
‘He teaches me how to be myself’- Amir
7. By becoming a leader you can lead young people on the adventure of a lifetime.
‘My Scout Leaders took our group from doing barely anything, with nights just revolving around games to getting out and doing some truly amazing things.’- James
8. You become more than a volunteer, you become somebody’s mentor.
‘They give us advice and lots of cool opportunities’- Sofia
9. You develop relationships that stand the test of time.
‘My old Cub Leader is one of the most important people in my life, we have some of the most incredible memories at camps, coffee catch ups and so on. She’s someone that’s always filled with energy and wants the kids and herself to have so much fun! She’s simply incredible, I love her to the moon and back.’- Caitlyn
10. Your dedication to Scouting helps somebody to achieve awards!
‘They helped us get our Chief Scouts Gold (Award)’
Inspired to volunteer? Join the adventure!