Volunteer

Volunteering in Scouting is easy and flexible – how much time you give is completely up to you.

It’s good for you

Volunteering’s not just about giving back – it goes both ways. It improves your wellbeing, gives you skills for the future, and helps you make new friends (and memories).

All our activities are run by volunteers, who might join us because they want to: 

  • Try something new
  • Make friends 
  • Spend time with their children – or gain experience with young people
  • Do something good for their community and themselves
  • Keep their bodies and brains active and happy – whether that’s by scaling mountains, sharing skills or serving tea 

All end up making a huge difference to young people’s lives – gifting them with skills for life, and learning a whole lot about themselves along the way.

Whether you want to work with young people directly or help behind the scenes, there’s something for everyone.

Most of our volunteers work directly with young people aged 6-18 through our Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer sections – helping young people gain skills for life through activities and adventures.

Volunteering and our waiting list

Our activities at 1st Molesey have never been more popular and the waiting list continues to grow.

If you are happy to commit to a vacant adult volunteer role we would be able to offer your child the next available place in one of our sections after you have started helping.

Current volunteering opportunities

We are looking for help with the following roles – can you help?

  • Assistant Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Chairman
    We are looking for an assistant treasurer, secretary and chairman.

  • Cubs Section Leader – Monday Evenings
    Our Cubs are a brilliant bunch and our activities have never been more popular – we’re looking for someone to lead the Cubs team on Monday evenings. You’ll be working with a team of volunteers and be given all the support you need.

  • Section Assistants/Assistant Leaders
    Enjoy working with young people? We’re looking for additional support with Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. You don’t need any special skills or need to commit to attending each week.

  • Fundraising Team Members
    We’re looking for people to join our Fundraising Team to help lead the organisation of fundraising events.

  • Active Support Unit Members
    The Active Support Unit is a team of adult volunteers that help out with the ‘odd jobs’ that need doing. Examples could be cutting the grass, helping to maintain our equipment or volunteering to help set up tents on camp.

  • Water Activity Instructors
    Do you have experience kayaking, sailing, powerboating or rowing? You don’t need to hold any fancy qualifications as we’ll give you all the training you need to run these exciting activities for our young people.

Scouting is a character factory! Any time you can give your local group is truly amazing.

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout

Duke of Edinburgh opportunities

We have opportunities for young people (aged 14+) to complete their DofE volunteering with us at all levels of the scheme.

Got questions?

Here are the answers to some common volunteering questions.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re interested in finding out more or having a chat with some of our existing volunteers.

Are volunteers DBS checked?

Yes. All adults working in Scouting complete a DBS check. This is quick and simple and will be arranged by us once you’ve decided you’d like to volunteer.

Will I have to wear a uniform?

We are a uniformed organisation but the majority of our volunteers choose to wear either a polo shirt or hoodie to show they are part of the team.

Will I have to complete loads of training?

Scout volunteers have access to an award winning programme of training. For most roles there are a few basic modules to complete that cover safety, safeguarding and give an introduction to the aims of Scouting and how it operates. Training can be completed online at home or with other local volunteers.

If I show an interest will I be thrown in the deep end?

No. You’ll be working with an established team of friendly volunteers and there will be loads of support.

I have no Scouting experience, does this matter?

Not at all. Most of our current volunteers joined without having any Scout experience. Scouting gives adults brilliant opportunities to develop their interests and meet others.

I will only be able to help out occasionally on a flexible basis, is this ok?

Of course. Volunteering in Scouting is flexible and we work in teams. Whether you help out once a fortnight, month or term or just at special events or camps, there’s a role for everyone.

Up for it?

Try the four week challenge.

  • Week 1 – See what we get up to
  • Week 2 – Start to help out
  • Week 3 – Get a little more involved
  • Week 4 – You’ll know if Scouting is for you