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The Malverns Scout District is a registered charity (Registered Charity number 1030019) and staffed entirely by volunteers. Scouting simply would not exist without the skills and enthusiasm of our many of adult volunteers. Whether you can spare two hours a week or a day a month, we need instructors, treasurers, administrators and volunteer managers and many others who share our aim of making life better for young people. You don’t need to know everything about Scouting - we’ll provide full training, induction and ongoing support. What matters is that you are committed, have a sense of humour and a huge amount of common sense.

If you have any interest, please:

E-mail dc@mlvernscouts.org.uk and include any information you can

 

Contact any Leader in the District

 

or use the 'I want to help Scouting' link below:

Link to Adult Volunteers

Below are some examples of the types of roles taken on by adult volunteers in The Malverns Scout District. But if you have a genuine interest, we have a role for you!

Leader
With your energy, enthusiasm and ability to inspire young people you will be responsible for making Scouting happen. Every Section (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network) has a Leader. The Leader has overall responsibility for the running of the Section. This means planning and delivering the Balanced Programme with the help of Assistant Leaders and Section Assistants.

Section Leaders can choose to lead one of the following Sections:

  • Beavers (aged 6-8)
  • Cubs (aged 8-10½)
  • Scouts (aged 10½-14)
  • Explorers (aged 14-18)
  • Network (aged 18-25)

Leaders are responsible for the young people in the Section and for any adults helping to deliver the programme.

Assistant Leader
Assistant Leaders support the Section Leader in delivering the Balanced Programme. This can mean anything from helping to plan and run games or activities, or helping to keep records up to date. The responsibilities of an Assistant Leader will depend on their own interests and on what they agree with the Leader.

Assistant Leaders are supported by Section Assistants, as well as by other Assistant Leaders.

Manager
In order for Scouting to be effective, it needs to be managed at Group, District and County level.

With your excellent organisational skills and ability to motivate teams of adults, you are the sort of person we need to oversee the work of adult volunteers. There will be recruitment and retention challenges in your area, opportunities for improvement and review, but don’t make the mistake that this is a desk job. You’ll be out visiting Scouting as it happens - in meeting places, at camps, activity centres and plenty of other places besides.

Administrator
If you are organised, efficient and are not necessarily interested in working directly with young people, there are a number of administrative opportunities open to adults. Records need to be maintained, the annual census completed, correspondence replied to and communication between Sections and Groups maintained. Whatever you choose to do, you will be contributing to the effective running of Scouting in your area.

Committee Member

Parents place a huge amount of trust in us; because we have a duty to protect the young people in our care we make sure that Scouting is safe as well as enjoyable. We also have a duty to ensure that large financial resources and property are administered properly. It is therefore essential that we have responsible individuals who can help us maintain our high standards.

Scout Network
If you are aged between 18-25 the Scout Network is for you. Whether you enjoy going away climbing or kayaking, helping in local community projects or travelling to places you never thought you would have the opportunity to the Scout Network will offer you a rewarding and challenging experience.

The Scout Network involves its members in the programme planning process, which means it offers every member the opportunity for adventure whilst gaining new skills and making new friends. The programme offers International Experiences as well as an opportunity to discover and work with the community on a local, national or international level whilst learning and developing skills, the choice is yours.

As well as gaining these experiences you will have the opportunity to achieve the highly recognised Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and Queens Scout Award as well as a chance to experience the Adventure of a life time by taking part in the Explorer Belt Expedition. There is also no stopping you being both a Member of the Scout Network and an adult volunteer.

The programme also has in built flexibility, which means that the programme can fit around your other commitments.

Helper
Scouting simply would not exist without the skills and enthusiasm of thousands of adult helpers. Whether you can spare two hours a week or a day a month, we need instructors, treasurers, administrators and volunteer managers and many others who share our aim of making life better for young people. You don’t need to know everything about Scouting - we’ll provide full training, induction and ongoing support. What matters is that you are committed, have a sense of humour and a huge amount of common sense.

 

 

More Specific Opportunities

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 (known locally as Scouts Recycled). 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 and general support sides of Scouting. Like all organisations Scouting needs people to help with the paperwork such as Group Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and also people to help keep premises clean, cut the grass, do minor repairs and decorate.  Administrative / management 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 Adults. With all our adult volunteers involved in Scouting, 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 that they can pass on to other adults.