One of the biggest myths about Scouting is that Groups are closing down due to a lack of young people wanting to become Members. Nothing could be further from the truth; Scouting in the UK is a growing Movement and we currently have 30,000 young people on our waiting lists simply because we do not have enough adults to help out.
Check out the YouTube video below that helps to dis-spell a few myths about the Scout Association.
There are many reasons why adults choose to volunteer for Scouting. Here are some that existing volunteers have given:
‘I believe the kids get such a lot out of it; I just put a bit back for what the kids take out.’
‘They give so much, you’ve got to give some of that back.’
‘I just personally believe that you should always do some kind of voluntary work…otherwise nothing would get done in this world.’
‘If I can help Sam, our Leader, out by doing the little things, then it means she has got more time to give the kids and then they get more out of it.’
‘David used to go on his PlayStation2 while I read the paper after school and work – now we get a chance to do activities together.’
‘I hadn’t used a compass since I was a Scout. After I learned how to use one again, I take one out on family walks. We get lost less than we used to!’
‘We had a water fight at Beavers the other week, it was great!’
‘I wasn’t involved in Scouting until someone asked me and I jumped at the chance. Adventure isn’t just for young people or those of us already wearing neckerchiefs; it’s for everyone. There’s lots of talent among our 800,000 parents. Let’s bring some of that into Scouting. Just ask – that’s all it takes.’
Download a leaflet here showing what we are trying to achieve.
Click here to find out what volunteering opportunities are available. But don’t worry, if there’s nothing in your area don’t hesitate to contact us, there’s always room for more volunteers!