Join the adventure. Volunteer today
Whether you can spare an evening a week, an hour a month or a day a year, we have opportunities both behind the scenes and directly supporting and leading young people. You can join us as a Young Leader aged 14 to 17, or as an adult volunteer aged 18 +.
With full support and award-winning training, you can volunteer on a flexible basis. Not only is it incredibly rewarding and great fun, you’ll learn some brilliant skills transferable to the workplace too.
We welcome volunteers from every community and background. You don’t need to have been a Scout. You just need to believe in a more positive future and the difference we can make together. And if you’ve been a Scout and want to re-join the adventure you’d be very welcome.
1. Do I really have the skills you need?
You don’t have to be an adventurer like Bear Grylls to get involved with Scouting. Are you good with numbers? Could you once use a map and compass? Do you have some first aid knowledge? Are you handy in the kitchen? Are you a committee person good at governing and managing? We all have useful skills and you can volunteer and help in many ways.
2. What if I don’t have that much spare time?
Volunteering with St Nicolas 9th Guildford Scouts is easy, flexible, great fun and very rewarding – how much time you give is completely up to you. We have volunteers who help out every week, or once a month or term, or just on occasional camps or special events. Everyone plays a valuable role, and no matter how you get involved, we’ll make sure you’re properly trained and supported.
3. What will I get out of volunteering?
As well as having a brilliant time and gaining externally recognised skills, 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 personal or working lives.
4. My child is in St Nicolas 9th Guildford – is there anything I could do to help?
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 their children and they want to give something back. It’s also a chance to spend more time with your children and learn new skills. If you volunteer regularly as a leader in our Beavers and Cubs sections then your children get priority on our Beavers and Cubs waiting lists so as to help you and them attend Beavers and Cubs meetings.
5. Are there any age or other restrictions on helping out?
As long as you’re 18 or over and can hold a DBS certificate, 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 17, there’s the option of becoming a Young Leader.