Adult Volunteers

The strength of the scouting movement is provided by adults who volunteer their spare time to make a big difference in the lives of young people.There is no set amount of time required from volunteers, just give as much time as you can. Adults can volunteer for roles within the scouting sections or more administrative and managerial roles within the District teams.

Each volunteer is supported by a District structure and role appropriate training, ensuring that volunteering in the scouting movement is fulfilling for adults too.

If you are interested in volunteering either for a district role or for a role within one of our Groups or units we’d love to hear from you, so please look at the currently vacant roles or contact our District Commissioner.

District Structure

We’ve come a long way since Lord Baden-Powell began the scout movement with Scout Patrols and like all good organisations, our structure keeps on developing to ensure that we still meet the aims of scouting in the contemporary world.

To see our current District structure and Group structure, please click on the links below:

Horsham District Structure

Horsham District Group Structure

Support and training

Whilst The Scout Association’s primary purpose is the development of young people, it also seeks to offer its 100,000+ adult volunteers personal development opportunities.

The Scout Association provides a comprehensive programme of training to build on existing skills and knowledge and to develop new competencies.

Within each Scout Group, there are usually the following adult roles:

  • Scout Leader
  • Assistant Scout Leader(s)
  • Section Assistant(s)
  • Occasional Helper

With the exception of the Occasional Helper who may assist at meetings on an adhoc basis, all of the above roles require adults to attend formal training courses.

Each Scout Group is either a registered Charity or is required to function under the rules of the Charity Commissioners and Scout Association. To ensure these requirements are satisfied every Scout Group must have adult volunteers in the capacity of Chairperson, treasurer, Secretary and Executive Committee members which oversee the activities of the Scout Group.

And as you would expect, increasing levels of responsibility mean the training requirement also increases. The training offered cover topics such as first aid, leadership skills, and planning and managing outdoor activities.

Adults who volunteer for District roles, for example: Treasurer, are also required to undertake role appropriate training.

To find out more about the training and support available to adult volunteers please contact Peter Scofield – District Commissioner.

Safeguarding and Child Protection

The Scout Association takes the safety and wellbeing of young people very seriously. All adults who volunteer will be required to:

  • Discuss their application to volunteer with a Group Scout Leader or the District Commissioner, undergo a Disclosure and Barring Services check and attend an interview.
  • Attend a training course covering the safeguarding of young people.
  • Take responsibility for helping to ensure that young people are protected from all forms of harm.

If you would like to know more, please visit the Scout Association Child Protection webpages .