Volunteering with us

Volunteering is #GoodForYou

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 2018 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.

Our volunteers are our everyday heroes!

Whatever your skillset, lend a hand for as little or as much time as you can spare, and we promise you’ll get more out than you put in.  Our volunteering opportunities are as varied as you! Not all of our roles involve working with young people so if that’s not your thing, there’s other ways you can support Scouting in your community.

Our volunteering culture

As volunteers in Scouts, we’re proud to help young people step up, speak up, dream big and gain the skills they need for life. Thanks to people just like you, young people find their place in the world, learn to believe in themselves and make a difference to their communities and society. No matter your background or experience, where you’re based, or which team you’re in, your time and skills help young people gain skills for life.

By working together, and living our values of integrity, respect, care, belief and cooperation, our aim is to have a positive, safe and rewarding experience as volunteers for a movement we truly believe in.

Our Culture is founded on our Values. That means that as volunteers we think carefully about the impact of our words and actions, and behave as role models for our young people.

Make a difference, volunteer today

You don’t need to be Bear Grylls to join us. Our door is open to people of all ages, genders, races and backgrounds, and we’re only able to change lives because people like you lend a hand. We’re talking about students who want to boost their CV, parents who volunteer so they can spend more time together as a family, and anyone else who wants to get involved.

We provide the training. You show up, get stuck in, and make memories for life. Sounds fun? Worthwhile? It is…

There’s lots of ways you can volunteer – from being a section leader, right at the front of Scouting, working with our young people and helping them learn skills for life, to being a trustee and working in the background to ensure we can keep doing what we do, legally and safely.

Volunteering with your local group

Scouting wouldn’t happen without the groups and units across Chelmsford and all of these would really appreciate your help. Our groups need people like you to help them deliver skills for life to local young people. You could help with the running of a section, helping the group raise funds or help balance the books – whatever your skills, there’s a role for you! Use our Group Finder to see which groups are closest to you and register your interest in volunteering with them.

Volunteering at a District level

All of our groups and units need support, and our district volunteers are always on hand to provide it! It might be organising district-wide events, loaning equipment from our store or arranging access to our campsite. We also have a district trustee board which ensures our district continues to operate safely and legally.

Get inspired

Across the UK, there’s more than 160,000 people like you, helping more than 460,000 young people each year to build #SkillsForLife

Our people and structure

If you’re new to Scouting, you might be a little confused by how we’re structured.

Young Leaders

Our Explorer Scouts are encouraged to help at younger sections to help them learn leadership and other skills. It also helps them work towards awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh and Kings Scout awards.