Adults in Scouting are from all walks of life. Yet the one thing they share is the enjoyment of helping young people reach their potential. You may not be aware of the following facts:

  • None of our Leaders are paid – they are all volunteers
  • The majority of our Leaders have full time jobs and a family
  • 44% of our Leaders are female
  • Leaders get involved because they want to have fun and make new friends themselves
  • Leaders don’t have to be ‘superheroes’ who know everything. They are given training on the job and learn new skills as they go along
  • Whilst all our volunteers are passionate about what they do, many help out on a flexible basis due to other commitments. Some may help out once a week or fortnight whereas others help once a term or at summer camp
  • 27% of volunteers help out in Scouting as they are a parent of a current Member. Many were not Scouts when they were young but have learnt new skills and made new friends through Scouting
  • Not all volunteers wear uniform
  • Many of our adult volunteers say they are more confident in their everyday lives as a result of their involvement with Scouting
  • Not all adults who volunteer for Scouting work with young people. There are a variety of other jobs that need to be done such as gardening and general DIY, organising events, doing the accounts and writing press releases
  • All our Leaders are covered by a comprehensive insurance policy while taking part in Scouting
  • New Leaders in Scouting go through an enhanced criminal records check to ensure they are fit to work with young people