What the role involves
You will support the Scout Leader(s) in operation of the Scout Troop which is the 3rd section for our youth members who are aged 10 – 141/2 years . In particular:
- Support the delivery of a safe, exciting and stimulating Balanced Programme for the Scout Troop taking into account the needs, interests and abilities of the Young People by:
- building and developing young people’s confidence, sense of adventure and outdoor skills, as well as encouraging them to explore their beliefs and attitudes and be creative.
- Encouraging Scouts to work together and take the lead on all sorts of projects, from community based work to planning games and activities for their meetings.
- Providing regular opportunities and supporting the Scouts to express their views on the programme and running on the Scout Troop, and then helping to ensure that those views are taken into account.
Where and when
The Scout Troop meet on a Friday at the 1st Burnham-on-Sea HQ building.
How much time do I have to commit?
It would be really great if you are able to make most Troop evenings and there is no need to make an open ended commitment. We are flexible to how long you want to do the role for and can agree a fixed period of time. At the end of this time period, you can continue in the same role, agree a new role or step down depending on your circumstances and available time.
We recognise that you may have other commitments, therefore we operate a flexible volunteering policy based around how much time you are able to give us, even if that is only 1 evening a month on a regular basis it would be great to have you as part of our team. A significant number of adults taking on a Leader role do so for between 2 and 5 years, others stay until their child(ren) move on from the Group whilst others because of the enjoyment they get out of it stay on for more than 10 years. It all comes down to what time and for how you feel you can commitment to Scouting, we will work with you to help make the role fit around your availability as best as we can.
Can I share the role with another adult leader?
Yes. We actively see a number of Assistant Leaders so that there is a large enough pool that they can have a rota so no one leader feels that they must be there every week.
Is previous experience needed?
No. You do not need any previous experience of Scouting, or Guiding, as training and support will be provided. The Group Scout Leader will support you and ensure that you get the training you need to feel comfortable in the role and being able to deliver a safe, adventurous and exciting programme for the Scouts.