Make a difference!


Any adult over the age of 18 is welcome as a volunteer within the Scouting Movement. We have opportunities for people to do youth work or organising work in the Scout Groups, and also there are opportunities at District level, where you can help to keep things running.

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  • There are many roles available to suit your expertise and enthusiasm.
  • Flexible hours and role-sharing.
  • Whatever your expertise or interest we can find a role for you!
  • Volunteering within a Group
  • Volunteering within our District
  • Volunteering within our Scout Active Support

There are many ways to get involved with a local Scout Group:

Working with young people:

  • Uniformed full appointment as regular Section Leader – requires training
  • Section Assistant – regular help at section meetings
  • Occasional Helper – help at section meetings once a month or less
  • Help specifically on specialist activities – hill walking; climbing, caving, sailing, canoeing…
  • Help specifically at residential camps

Working behind the scenes:

  • Help a section leader with admin work
  • Join the Group Executive to help maintain the Scout Headquarters and look after the Group finances
  • Take on an official role as Group Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer…
  • Look after the equipment
  • Help with marquee hire
  • Arrange fund raising events
  • Keep records of leader training
  • Take minutes at meetings
  • Help to recruit new adult volunteers

Scout Active Support Units:

Scout Active Support Units are for any person over the age of 18 who would like to join the Scout Association as a volunteer on an irregular basis. This Unit forms a team to help at specific events – such as District Camps, Incident hikes, Group fun days etc. They also have social gatherings where they can make use of Scouting facilities to have their own adventure!

There are several ways to get involved at District-level:

Uniformed roles:

  • Commissioner level looking after leaders within the District, helping when needed, organising section specific events
  • Group Scout Leaders – to supervise Scouting within a specific Scout Group

Training for our Adult Volunteers

Non-uniformed roles:

  • Help with adult training
  • Appointments advisory committee to select new leaders
  • Administration to maintain records
  • Process new applications
  • Process DBS forms
  • Join District Executive
  • Take on an official role as District Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer
  • Take minutes at meetings
  • Help to recruit new adult volunteers

This page courtesy of Leatherhead District Scouts