Giving your time

As much, or as little as you like...

Scouting, by it’s very nature, allows it’s volunteers to give as little or as much time as they can give, or want to give. There’s no expectation for everyone to attend every meeting, or camp or event, there’s no expectation of hours on end spent preparing materials for activities – sometimes, just standing and watching is enough. In Scouts, we have a number of roles:

The Group Executive

The Group Executive oversees the operation of the organisation as a whole, from it’s finances, to it’s committees and sub-committees. Aside from regular meetings, and showing an interest, there’s no expectation for an Executive member to attend any Scouting activities, Section Meetings or Events – but it’s always nice to see them there. Group Executive Members must have children in the group, or already be serving Leaders within a section.

Group Scout Leader

Manages and supports the Scout Group and its Leaders to ensure it runs effectively and that Scouting within the Group develops in accordance with the rules and policies of The Scout Association.

Section Leaders

Manages and leads the operation of the Section. In particular, the planning and delivery of the Balanced Programme, with the help of Assistant Section Leaders, Section Assistants, Young Leaders and members of Scout Active Support as appropriate. Some of the tasks for which the Section Leader is responsible may be delegated to others in the Section, including other Section Leaders, Assistant Section Leaders and Section Assistants.

Assistant Section Leaders

Supports the operation of the Section. In particular, the planning and delivery of the Balanced Programme, with the help of other Section Leaders, Assistant Section Leaders, Section Assistants, Young Leaders and members of Scout Active Support as appropriate. Some of the tasks for which the Assistant Section Leader is responsible may be delegated to others in the Section, including other Section Leaders, Assistant Section Leaders and Section Assistants.

Section Assistants

Adult volunteers who assist the Section Leaders and Assistant Section Leaders in delivering the programme to young people in Scouting.

Occasional Helpers/Parent Rota

Additional adults (for example parents or subject experts from the community) may be used on a regular or occasional basis to support the delivery of programme.

Scout Active Support

Scout Active Support don’t fit into the above categories, but have a huge impact on the group. This could be in volunteering as a Minibus Driver, or Quartermaster, perhaps you’d like to set up a Chef Team to provide meals at camps, or even take on the task of maintaining our computer equipment, website, or media stories. There’s no job too big, and no job too small for this dedicated unit of people.


Once you’ve thought about where you can fit in, what comes next? Our first task, is to ensure that people are suitable for the role.