Why you should become a Scout Leader in the Isle of Man…
There are many fantastic voluntary roles
within Scouting but the most well known role is as an adult Leader. These roles
see volunteers working closely with our young people in a variety of positions
from weekly section leaders to activities and skills instructors.
The focus of an adult leader is very much
on the organising, developing and running of a programme of activities for our
young people and as the ‘boots on the ground’ they interact the most with our
Leaders, whether new or seasoned, will
never be left with young people on their own and will work as part of a team to
provide Scouting. World class training is provided to give you the tools for
the job and most of this essential training can be completed online (it takes a
maximum of 2.5 hours) .
Once through the door a whole world of activities awaits our Leaders and they can take on as little or a much as they wish.
You don’t have to be an adventurer like Bear Grylls to get involved with Scouting. Do you have first aid knowledge? Are you good with numbers? Handy in the kitchen? Or are you a DIY whizz? We all have useful skills and you can volunteer and help in many ways.
Volunteering with us is easy, fun and flexible – how much time you give is completely up to you. Whether you help out once a fortnight, month or term or just at special events or camps, there is bound to be a role you can play, and no matter how you get involved, we’ll make sure you’re properly trained and supported.
As well as gaining externally recognised skills and having a brilliant time, Scouting also offers the chance to build on personal skills, like teamwork, confidence and leadership. A study found that over 90% of our volunteers believe that the skills and experiences they have gained through Scouting have been of relevance to their working or personal lives.
The short answer is yes. Many of our helpers and leaders are parents of our youth members because they’ve seen first hand how Scouting benefits young people and want to give something back. It’s also a chance to spend more time with your children and learn new skills. Speak to your child’s leader to discuss how you might become involved.
As long as you’re over 18, you can help out as an adult volunteer in Scouting. There is no upper age limit for adult volunteers. If you are aged between 14 to 18, there is the option of becoming a Young Leader.