Mythbusting

One of the biggest myths about Scouting is that Groups are closing down due to a lack of young people wanting to become Members. Nothing could be further from the truth; Scouting in the UK is a growing Movement and we currently have 30,000 young people on our waiting lists simply because we do not have enough adults to help out.  Our current volunteer vacancies are listed at the national volunteering website, do-it.org.uk.


Why Volunteer?
There are many reasons why adults choose to volunteer for Scouting. Here are some that existing volunteers have given:
  • To give something back to the community: ‘I believe the young people get such a lot out of it; I just put a bit back for what they take out.’
  • To support the Leaders: ‘They give so much, you’ve got to give some of that back.’
  • Because volunteering is a ‘good thing’: ‘I just personally believe that you should always do some kind of voluntary work…otherwise nothing would get done in this world.’
  • As an enabler, so the Leader can do more: ‘If I can help Sam, our Leader, out by doing the little things, then it means she has got more time to give the young people and then they get more out of it.’
  • To spend more quality time with your child: ‘David used to go on his PlayStation2 while I read the paper after school and work – now we get a chance to do activities together.’
  • To develop your own skills: ‘I hadn’t used a compass since I was a Scout. After I learned how to use one again, I take one out on family walks. We get lost less than we used to!’
  • To enjoy and rediscover adventure for yourself: ‘We had a water fight at Beavers the other week, it was great!’ 
  • Read our Case Study about a new volunteer's induction into Scouting.
Why not watch this short clip on how Scouting looks in the UK today...

Watch this short clip on how Scouting looks in the UK today:

Opportunities to Volunteer:

By volunteering, you can make a huge difference to young people in Houghton, Hetton and Washington. By giving as little as 2 hours a month, you can influence beavers, cubs and scouts and help improve their life chances.

Some of our most exciting vacancies are shown below, or you can visit do-it.org for our full list of volunteer vacancies

It's our mission to make volunteering easy and if you can't find a role that suits you, please email volunteer@hls-scouts.org.uk to arrange  an informal chat about volunteering.



Beaver Scout Leaders (Washington)
An exciting opportunity to help establish a beaver colony within a new group. Sharing the role with other adults, you would lead the provision of exciting indoor and outdoor activities for around 15 girls and boys aged 6-8 years old. You'll be joining new adult team, with a new colony of beavers and there will be huge amounts of support available including training to develop your skills. This role is for me
Cub Scout Leaders (Fatfield)
A cub pack within a well established and growing group with ample personalised support. The opportunity is shared to provide exciting indoor and outdoor activities for around 26 girls and boys aged 8-10 years old. You'll be joining an adult team of three and helping the pack and group grow. There will be plenty training and support provided. This role is for me

Cub Scout Leaders (Washington Village)
A cub pack within a well established and thriving group with ample personalised support. The opportunity is shared to provide exciting indoor and outdoor activities for around 26 girls and boys aged 8-10 years old. You'll be joining a fairly new adult team of two and helping the pack and group grow. Plus, there's training and support provided! This role is for me

Cub Scout Leaders (Washington)
An exciting opportunity to work within a brand new cub pack to help establish a it within a new group. The opportunity will be shared with other volunteers and will be providing exciting indoor and outdoor activities for around 15 girls and boys aged 8-10 years old. You'll be joining a whole new adult team, a whole new cub pack. HLS scouts will provide support and training. This role is for me
Group Manager (Washington)
An excellent opportunity for someone with track record of people management and development planning. As one of the largest scout groups locally (over 170 members) this role will provide line management and support to 27 adult volunteers. Scouting background and knowledge are not essential though the ability to communicate, provide vision whilst motivating and leading adults. Plus, there's ample amounts of training and support available.


Training Support/ Advisers
The Scout Association operates a highly regarded training scheme for its adults. Portfolio based, the scheme requires that adults build a portfolio demonstrating their competence in a range of modules relevant to their role. Training advisers meet informally with adult volunteers and match evidence against defined criteria. Opportunity would suit a volunteer with education / NVQ type assessment experience. This role is for me


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