adult volunteers

“Scouting is a character factory”… not our words, but those of our lead volunteer, Chief Scout Bear Grylls

Are you ready to inspire a generation of young people to experience fun, friendship and real adventure?

Volunteering for The Scout Association is easy, fun, offers opportunities to get externally recognised qualifications and gives you the chance to have a real impact on the development of young people.

How much time you give is up to you and you don’t need any previous experience – we have a huge variety of roles to suit everyone and, whatever role you choose, we’ll make sure you’re properly trained and supported.

Our award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouting as our young people.

Scouting’s quality depends on its volunteers and our volunteers depend on Scouting to teach them the skills they need.


national leader

Our modular training scheme delivers the full spectrum of required skills.

Volunteers can choose training modules that are relevant to the role that they do, ranging from leadership to running residential experiences and first aid.

Our training scheme was recognised with a National Training Award from UK Skills.  It is one of the reasons why we have managed to increase our volunteer numbers over the past few years, against the national trend.

relevant skills

Over 90% of our volunteers believe that the skills and experiences they have gained through Scouting have been of relevance to their working or personal lives, so we’re certainly doing something right.

A study of volunteers found that more than two thirds of respondents reported a direct correlation between their volunteer experience within Scouting and gaining employment or career development.

Training in Scouting has also enabled volunteers to gain accreditation for Open College Network awards in Youth Work, and helped them to become associate members of the Institute of Leadership and Management and the Institute for Training and Occupational Learning.

Contact us today and we’ll put you in touch with your local team!