Leader, Assistant or Helper?

What roles might I wish to take on?

Leaders: They take responsibility for programmes and events, leading the team and ensuring the safety & quality of events. Training available, wears uniform.

Assistant Leader:  Assists in the planning and delivery of programmes, assists with records & assessing badges, may act as leader-in-charge. Training available, wears uniform.

Section Assistant: Assists with the delivery of the programme, supervises groups at events, inputs to planning and preparations depending on talents (like a “classroom assistant”), essential elements training, option to wear casual uniform.

Executive Committee Member / Trustees (Not involved in direct week night scouting programmes): They meet to manage our activities, to ensure we keep everyone safe, and manage the money. That means ensuring we meet Charities Commissioners requirements (OSCr in Scotland) and manage the mundane activities of licences or financial accounts, and building management. Parent representatives are on this committee with the Leaders.  The Exec are also key to ensuring we raise adequate funds so we can offer regular Scouting activities.

Active Support members: These team members are some of the “behind the scenes” people who have an interest to support us, but don’t get involved every week. Some are ex Scouters with a special skill, who might help at bigger events or at special events; others have a direct skill that can be used, like cooking, or climbing, or orienteering and those that offer practical skills are folk who volunteer their time providing painting, electrician work, grounds-man, solicitor, project manager, plumber, handyman.

Occassional helper: Offers help either with a supportive task like admin/book keeping, etc,  or uses your skills and hobby interests to add to the programme -like a keen cyclist, walker/navigator, gardener or crafter – to assist with badges.   No regular hours!

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls