As well as encouraging your child with their activities and badges there may be other ways that you can help the leaders in the Group. Specialist skills, help with transport or simply an extra pair of hands on a busy night or outing are always welcome. We run parent rota in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and also seek assistance with Explorers when required.
Parents of a Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers are automatically members of the Group Council which usually meets once a year for the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Perhaps you might help on the Group Executive Committee, which is elected at the AGM and meets three times a year. The committee looks after funding and the administration of the Group as a whole and each section also has parent representatives to provide feedback back to the leaders and Group.
We also have a HQ Committee which looks after running and maintenance of the building (including bookings). This also meets three times a year as well as running a couple of working parties each year to undertake essential jobs like paint walls/doors, cleaning windows inside and out, pruning and weeding, cutting the grass, repairing the cupboard doors, repairing the curtains, etc. We ask parents, where possible, to spend a hour assisting at these events.
Alternatively you may feel that you are able to offer regular help with Scouting in the Group by becoming a leader or a helper. For more information have a chat with one of the leaders.
We encourage flexible volunteering at 3rd Epsom Scout Group, in fact we have undertaken job sharing at the sections for many years. Note that you don’t need previous Scouting experience to get involved and working with other adults shares the responsiblity and load.
For each new volunteer we need to find out: their skills; their availability; what they want from a volunteering role; what they want/are able to give to the role. Once we know that, and what kind of things people might like to do to help we can more easily match that person with the things we need assistance with.
Please have a read of the different options we have below, and if you’re interested please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We have various kinds of flexible volunteering available. The following are all examples that we could consider.
For adults who can only commit to limited or irregular time each week, there are several options available.
- Can be based in a Colony, Pack or Troop
- Does not wear uniform
- Does not take the Promise
- Is not a Member of The Scout Association.
- Can be based in a Colony, Pack, Troop or Unit
- Does not need to make the Promise
- Does not have to wear uniform
- Only has to do Modules 1 and 3 of the adult training scheme (2 evenings)
- Has to complete on-line Safeguarding training (1 hour)
- Ideally has to complete a First Response Course (6 hours)
- Does not have the responsibility of leading the section, and is not required to attend every section meeting.
- Is a Member or Associate Member of The Scout Association
Assistant Section Leader:
- Can be based in a Colony, Pack, Troop or Unit
- Does make the Promise
- Does wear uniform
- Has to complete Scout leader training (a couple of weekends over 3 years, or online, evenings, etc...)
- Helps with the responsibility of leading the section but is not required to attend every section meeting.
- Is a Member of The Scout Association
Adults who can’t make a week day commitment:
This may be someone who is willing to help out if we have a weekend activity occuring e.g. a fundraising event, hike, camping etc.
Quartermaster - Helps looks after the Groups equipment (as and when needed)
Exec Committee Member - Helps with the oversight of the Group (typically 3 meetings a year)
Parent Representative - Provides feedback to the leaders on the running of the Group (typically 3 meetings a year)
HQ Representative - Helps oversee the running of the building (typically 3 meetings a year)
Adults who can’t commit to all the requirements of a conventional role:
Any role can be divided between two or more volunteers. Role sharing can open volunteering opportunities to adults unable to make a regular commitment to Scouting.
One example is a leadership team of four run on a rotational basis. Each of the leaders takes it in turns to:
1. Plan and lead the meeting
2. Assist with the planning and running of the meeting
3. Attend and assist with the meeting
4. Babysit for the other leaders’ children who are too young to attend the meeting.
All four are section leaders. Rotating the roles means that each volunteer only has to be involved in the planning for two out of every four weeks
Role sharing can be done with many of the other roles in the Group.
Take a look at these videos
for some other ideas of how to think differently about volunteering.