The most successful Scout Groups are those where there is strong adult support. Scouts Australia volunteers are enthusiastic and dedicated men and women from all walks of life who share a love of adventure and a desire to enrich young people’s lives.
What many people don’t realise is that there are plenty of flexible ways adults can get involved with or contribute to their local Scout Group without making the time commitment required for a uniformed leadership role.
Adults can help by:
- Assisting with activities
- Joining the Group Committee and/or assisting with administration
- Helping to fundraise
- Providing transport
- Volunteering for duties such as Scout Hall set up
- Helping with DIY jobs or gardening at the Scout Hall
- Organising a Group excursion to their workplace
- Assisting with food preparation
- Offering their unique talents and skills for a Group theme night
Volunteering for roles such as these helps to ‘free up’ the uniformed Leaders so they can focus on planning and running activities, and providing youth members with the best possible Scouting experience.
Adult volunteers can choose to undertake training and become an Assistant Leader or a Leader with one of the Sections:
- Joey Scouts (6 – 7)
- Cub Scouts (*8 – 10)
- Scouts (*11 – 14)
- Venturer Scouts (*15 – 17)
- Rover Scouts (18 – 25)
* The commencement for advancement in Sections may vary up to 6 months.
Leader roles vary through the Sections, as youth members take more responsibility for their activities as they progress in age.
Scout Leaders come from all walks of life, from parents of Scouts, to childhood Scouts, to people with no Scouting experience at all!
Leaders need to be motivated individuals with a commitment to providing varied, exciting and dynamic programs for their Scout Group. Scouts Australia helps Leaders deliver on that commitment by providing training and support in all aspects of Scouting, youth leadership, programming and safety.
Leader training is provided through the Scouts Australia Institute of Training, which is accredited to award nationally-recognised VET qualifications in Leadership and Management.
Normally, Leaders need to commit to Group meetings one night per week during school term, a monthly Leaders’ meeting, and a few weekends a year for outdoor activities such as hiking and camping trips.