Scouting couldn't happen without our volunteers, they're fantastic! For Volunteer's week 2017, we decided to talk to a few of them to find out why they volunteer and what they get out of it. If you're interested in volunteering, why not have a look at some of the benefits, you can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you find a role.
Beaver Scout Leader
How long have you been volunteering for?
I have been volunteering for 2½ years.
How did you get involved and what inspires you to volunteer in Scouting?
At the time my partner and I were going through the process to become approved as adopters and we were asked to gain more experience with children within the age range we were looking to adopt. Scouts seemed like the perfect opportunity to gain this essential experience and enjoy ourselves at the same time!
After we completed the adoption of our children we had become completely hooked on the scouting way of life and seeing our Beaver Scouts change from nervous 6 year olds to confident 8 year olds is an amazing thing.
What are your favourite things about Scouting?
The amazing adults I get to work with. They come from all walks of life, bringing something different to scouting. I have made many new friends and have felt extremely welcome from the get go within the Axe District.
What positive impact do you believe you have on young people through volunteering?
When I was a Cub and Scout years ago, the best thing I can remember was being part of a group of young people I felt I could be friends with and have fun, without feeling judged or ridiculed. This is something I struggled with in school. I hope that by holding this close to me I can create the same warm and welcoming environment for my young people, to enable them to be themselves and have fun.
What advice would give anyone looking to join Scouting?
You give exactly as much time as you want and there is a role for everyone. You don’t have to be a leader working directly with children to help scouting. It could be 2 hours a month as a trustee helping shape a group and ensuring everything is being done to support the young people or on the flip side being a leader and inspiring young people to be more.
How do you believe you have benefited by volunteering for Scouting?
As I said above, I have made many new friends which I am very thankful for. I also get to spend the time I do scouting with my two children, this gives me the opportunity to share a part of my childhood with them.