Volunteering - How You Can Have Fun and Help Kent Scouts!
Scouting offers challenge and adventure to more than 13,200 young people (boys and girls) across Kent. We believe in helping our members fulfil their potential by encouraging them to work in teams and think for themselves. We give young people of every background the chance to stretch themselves, learn new skills and make lifelong friends.
You can help us give more young people a great start in life by helping Kent Scouts and being one of our volunteers. This section gives information about volunteering and answers some common questions.
We hope you will decide to get involved with Scouting and that it brings you much enjoyment and satisfaction.
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Working directly with young people
This can be either every week or on an occasional basis and includes roles such as leaders, helpers and members of the Scout Fellowship. This might include helping to run meetings, running games and activities, collecting membership fees or assisting with outings.
This role appeals to people who like to spend their time with children and young people – parents often take on this role and then find they enjoy it so much they stay even when their children move to an older section.
Looking after the administrative side of Scouting
Like all organisations Scouting needs people to help with the paperwork such as Group Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. Tasks might include chairing meetings, keeping records, preparing agendas and minutes, producing a budget or planning the AGM.
These roles often appeal to people who want to support Scouting but do not want to work directly with young people. It also suits those who can’t help on a weekly basis.
Supporting other AdultsWith hundreds of adult volunteers involved in Scouting in Kent, people with the skills to motivate, train and manage others are in demand. We need people with technical knowledge in areas such as health and safety or adventurous activities such as sailing or climbing that they can pass on to other adults.
There are many reasons for people choosing to help Kent Scouts including:
- It’s fun!
- Helping the local community
- Using existing talents
- Encouraging the next generation
- Gaining new skills
- Enhancing career prospects
- Meeting new and interesting people
Who can volunteer?
Men and women over the age of 18 (there is no upper age limit) with a commitment to the aims of Scouting can be volunteers. The Scout Association is a diverse organisation and welcomes members from all sections of the community.
What if I’m under 18?
Young people aged 14 to 18 can be helpers and leaders with our younger sections - Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. They become members of a Young Leaders’ Unit, which is part of Explorer Scouting, where there is a Young Leaders' Scheme to support and train them.
Will I have to complete and application form or have an interview?
Volunteers are initially recruited using and informal interview to discuss which role would suit them best and the opportunities available. A simple appointment form needs to be completed and, as safety is our top priority, we ask all volunteers to allow us to complete checks to ensure there is no reason why they should not be involved in an organisation working directly with young people.
How much time is involved?
Our many volunteer opportunities vary in the amount of time commitment required, from occasional help to ongoing weekly involvement. We will do our best to find a role suited to your availability.
Do I have to wear a uniform?
We have both uniformed and non-uniformed roles available.
Do you pay expenses?
We pay out-of-pocket expenses and ask you to agree any expenses in advance with your section leader or Group Chairman.
Where can I help?
Many of our volunteers help close to home but others prefer to near their workplace or at another location with which they have a connection. This can be discussed when considering your role.
What training is there?
A lot of your training will be ‘on the job’ and you will receive induction locally. There is also a modular training scheme to help people gain the knowledge they need. There are 4 modules called ‘Getting Started’ that everyone should attend. Other modules are taken according to your role and your previous experience. It is a flexible, volunteer-friendly system and it's free.
Will I be insured?
Scouting has the appropriate insurance for its members and the activities they organise, provided that volunteers comply with the organisation’s rules. Please ask for more details.
How do I apply?
Click the 'Join the Adventure!' link at the top of our home page and the choose 'Adults in Scouting'.
What if I’m not sure what I’d like to do?
There is a lot of choice so the best thing to do is to talk it over with someone in Scouting in your local area or contact our office.
Renew your promise to Scouting by leaving a gift in your will and safeguarding the future of the movement for generations to come.
Scouting needs your support to help provide Scouting in areas where the movement was not previously well established, e.g. in inner city and remote rural areas which may be experiencing poverty, high unemployment and a lack of community facilities. In these areas there are often few opportunities for young people to use their time constructively, with Scouting often providing the only other alternative to TV, video games and other such passive forms of entertainment.
Our challenge is to meet the needs of young people living in these areas, by making Scouting accessible and welcoming to all, regardless of ethnic origin or religious beliefs.
How will your gift really make a difference?
A gift to Scouting will not only make a difference to those who are in a position to attend regular meetings; we also aim to contribute to the development of young people who are not presently members and may never be so.
Scouting is almost entirely self-funding, and if we are to continue with this essential development work we must look to other sources or funding. Your bequest to Kent Scouts whatever its size, will help us give young people from all walks of life a better start.
The Scout Association, Scout Groups, Districts and Counties all have charitable status and your legacy in support of Scouting will therefore not be subject to inheritance tax. If you would like to receive further details on making a bequest please write to the County Scout Office or by email.