Whether you are a Network Member, parent of a child in Scouting, or someone who is totally new to Scouting you’ve come to the right place!
One of the biggest myths about Scouting is that Groups are closing down due to a lack of young people wanting to become Members. Nothing could be further from the truth; in the UK there are over 500,000 people enjoying Scouting, 13,000 of those are in Cheshire and around 1,500 in Mersey Weaver! Scouting is a growing Movement!
Many of our Groups currently have young people on our waiting lists for Beavers and Scouts simply because they do not have enough adult votunteers to help out, the waiting list is such for Beavers (6-8 yr olds) that in some cases we are not able to offer them a space until they are nearly the age for Cubs (8-10 yr olds).
If we can increase the number of Adults Leaders and/or Helpers then we can eliminate our waiting list and these young people will be able to enjoy the adventure that much sooner. The commitment can be as small as 1 hour a month, or as much as you are willing to give!
Chief Scout Bear Grylls says
‘I wasn’t involved in Scouting until someone asked me and I jumped at the chance. Adventure isn’t just for young people or those of us already wearing neckerchiefs; it’s for everyone. There’s lots of talent among our 800,000 parents. Let’s bring some of that into Scouting. Just ask – that’s all it takes.’
There are many reasons why adults choose to volunteer for Scouting. Here are some that existing volunteers have given:
- To give something back to the community
- To support the Leaders
- Because volunteering is a ‘good thing
- As an enabler, so the Leader can do more
- To spend more quality time with your child
- To develop your own skills and do something practical
- To enjoy and rediscover adventure for yourself
- To live a healthier more active lifestyle
Scouting is open to all young people aged 6 to 25 of every faith and background.
There are a number of Sections:
- Beavers 6-8 year olds
- Cubs 8-10½ year olds
- Scouts 10½-14 year olds
- Explorers 14-18 year olds
- Network 18-25 year olds
- Scout Active Support 18+
- Leaders and Occasional Helpers18+
To see which groups are local to you, take a look at our online District Map.
What do Scouts do?
Sections usually meet on one evening during the week, although they may also go to camps and other days out throughout the year.
Whilst the activities they take part in will depend on their age, each Section gives young people the opportunity to learn by doing.
Leaders in The Scout Association are trained to deliver this programme, ensuring our young people stay safe while they enjoy themselves and learn.
The next step…
To see current adult volunteering opportunities, and express your interest, click here