Adult Volunteers

The Scout Association is run by volunteers and it encourages parents and guardians to assist in the leadership team on a regular or occasional basis. Any support that you or your family can offer Scouting and our Scout Group is welcomed, appreciated and valued. Further information on how all adults, not just parents and carers, can be involved is available from the above menu.

Section Assistants and Leaders

Section Assistants:
If you wish to help then consider becoming a Section Assistant. This would involve helping a Section Leader deliver their Section’s Programme. There is a requirement to undertake a small amount of ‘Essential Information’ training and to complete the necessary CRB Form if you have not already done so. Uniform is optional, and is paid for by the Group.

Leaders:
Within each section there is usually a Leader assisted by a number of Assistant Leaders. All sections must have at least one appointed Leader to be able to operate effectively. They are responsible for the delivery of the programme for their Section as well as the health and well being of the children in their care whilst on Scouting activities.

If you wish to jump straight in then consider joining the leadership team as a Leader. You don’t have to have a Scouting or Guiding background, just the willingness to help young people have fun and fulfil their greatest potential. It is great fun and rewarding for Leaders as well, just have a talk with a Section Leader or the Group Scout Leader.

Full training and uniform is provided by the Group, as well as advice and support from other Leaders in the Group, District and County.

Parent Helpers

The Scout Association lays down strict adult to child ratios for meetings and outings. In order to keep Sections open, parents are expected to attend a section meeting at least once a term to assist the Leaders in running the meeting and acting as Parent Helpers. As well as giving us practical help it also allows you to see what activities your child gets involved in.

It is The Scout Association’s policy that all adults who come into contact on a regular (more often than once a term) basis with our young people complete an Occasional Helper (OH) Form and the necessary checks with the Criminal Records Bureau. A member of the Scout Group will be in touch to arrange completion of this form. We hope you appreciate and feel re-assured by this safeguard. Any adult helping at a meeting is covered by Scout Insurance.

Group Administration

This is the role of the Group Executive Committee, which comprises a Group Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary as well as a Parent Representative from each of the 3 sections, the Group Scout Leader and the Leader of each section.

They are the body responsible for Group property and equipment, fundraising, finance and other administrative duties to support the Group Scout Leader in the running of the Scout Group. They are there to provide the resources and financing to enable the Section Leaders to deliver the Scouting programme and activities for the young people. If you have a business mind, are good with finance and fundraising or wish to represent the views of other parents on this Committee, talk to the Group Chairman or Group Scout Leader. The committee meet at the most once a month and for the Group AGM.

If you are interested in being involved in this way please email chairman@1sthaywardsheathscoutgroup.org. To become a member of the Group Executive Committee a CRB check will be required and there are guides and role descriptions available for all of the Group Executive Officers.

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