Volunteering can be a brilliant way to boost your mental wellbeing. It’s a great feeling knowing you’re helping young people get skills for life, and you might even learn a lot about yourself along the way.
All our activities are run by volunteers, who might join us because they want to:
- Try something new
- Make friends
- Spend time with their children – or gain experience with young people
- Do something good for their community and themselves
- Keep their bodies and brains active and happy – whether that’s by scaling mountains, sharing skills or serving tea
All end up making a huge difference to young people’s lives – gifting them with skills for life, and learning a whole lot about themselves along the way.
How about one of these vacancies?
I enjoy teaching young people new skills that they can use outside of scouting. I also enjoy running games which can be just as much fun for the leaders as they are for the kids!Craig, Monday Beavers Leader
Looking to help on a flexible basis?
Our Scout Active Support Unit allows adults to help out at fundraisers, camps or events without being a weekly leader.
As a volunteer, unlock a range of discounts and more. Look out for the teal ‘Member offers’ banners across the UK Scouts Supporters page.
FAQs about volunteering with us
How much time do I need to give, do I have to go everyweek?
For leaders, a regular weekly evening session doesn’t last any longer than 2 hours. However, Leaders can spend as much or as little time as they like. Our section teams work together to plan programmes and deliver activities at times that suit them best. You don’t need to be at scouts every week – we know that can be challenging – which is why we’re happy to discuss flexible volunteering opportunities.
The time commitment for other roles varies. Trustees meet every couple of weeks and usually have a few tasks (such as fundraising or administration) to do between meetings.
Do I need to have been a Scout?
No! Scout Leaders come in many shapes and sizes, and from a variety of backgrounds. You do not need to have any previous experience within Scouting to take part. You may have skills from other areas of your life that can be applied to volunteering.
Is Scouting inclusive?
Every Scout and Scout Leader is the same. Unique! So we’re always working to make Scouting more inclusive: we always do our best to accommodate volunteers with different requirements or abilities.
What opportunities are there for volunteers?
Training, adventurous activity permits such as archery, air rifle shooting and power-boating and much more! Scouting is about personal development and this is not only for the young people involved in the association, we want you to have the opportunity to learn new skills and develop yourself!
Will I be supported?
Yes! Volunteers are supported by other volunteers at three different levels, the group (28th Glasgow), District (Eastwood) and Region (Clyde). So no matter what advice or support is needed there is always someone to help out. From the start new leaders are signposted to others in similar positions and above to guide and support them through the process. There are also many opportunities to meet other volunteers in similar positions at district, regional, and national events and training.