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There are many ways for you to help in Scouting. The table below details some of the roles that maybe available – click on the role to find out more.

Assistant Leader
Section Assistant
Occasional Helper/Parent
Young Leader (14-18)
Committee member
Local Training Manager
Media Development Manager
Scout Active Support



Every section (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network) has a Leader. The Leader has overall responsibility for the running of the section. This means planning and delivering the Balanced Programme with the help of Assistant Leaders and section Assistants.

Section Leaders can choose to lead one of the following sections:

  • Beavers (aged 6-8)
  • Cubs (aged 8-10½)
  • Scouts (aged 10½-14)
  • Explorers (aged 14-18)
  • Network (aged 18-25)

Leaders are responsible for the young people in the section and for any adults helping to deliver the Programme.

Assistant Leader

Assistant Leaders support the section Leader in delivering the Balanced Programme. This can mean anything from helping to plan and run games or activities, or helping to keep records up to date. The responsibilities of an Assistant Leader will depend on their own interests and on what they agree with the Leader.

Assistant Leaders are supported by section Assistants, as well as by other Assistant Leaders.

Section Assistant

All our sections need helpers. Outdoor activities and nights away require a certain number of adults in relation to the number of young people. So by helping out whenever they can, section Assistants could be enabling an extra 6 (in the case of Beavers) or 12 (in the case of Scouts) young people to participate in Scouting.

More importantly, section Assistants provide invaluable support to Leaders and Assistant Leaders. Regularly attending meetings to collect subs (fees) or to make refreshments means that the Leaders have more time to deliver the programme to young people.

Occasional Helper

Parents and family members are encouraged, where possible, to help out a section in some way. Some sections will organise rotas where support can be given once or twice a term by all the parents in the section. This should be used as an opportunity to get involved in what the young people are doing.

Adults who have a specific skill or interest can also choose to run a particular activity or event one evening a term. Such skills are invaluable to Scout Groups and can usually assist young people in gaining, or working towards, a particular badge.

Young Leader (14-18)

The Young Leaders’ Scheme is designed for those aged 14-18 who are primarily interested in helping out in one of the younger sections (Beavers, Cubs or Scouts).

Young Leaders will be members of the Explorer Scout section, which means that they can take part in all the activities and opportunities that Scouting in the Explorer Unit or District has to offer.


The Chairman of a Committee will manage meetings and will work with the relevant Commissioner or Group Scout Leader to ensure the Scout County/Area, District or Group operates in accordance with the Policy, Organisation and Rules of the Association.

This is the ideal role for adults who do not necessarily wish to work directly with young people, but who are committed to the purpose, aims and development of Scouting.

Chairmen are responsible for members of the Committee, including the Treasurer and Secretary.


Treasurers assist the Chairman in the effective administration of the Scout County/Area, District or Group by providing financial support. This could mean setting the annual budget or completing annual accounts.

This role is ideal for someone who does not necessarily want to work directly with young people, but who is comfortable working with figures and budgets.


Secretaries assist the Chairman in the effective administration of the Scout County/Area, District or Group by providing sound administrative support. This could mean ensuring the completion of the annual census or maintaining records of members of the County/Area, District or Group.

This is the ideal role for someone who does not necessarily want to work directly with young people, but who is organised and enjoys administrative work.

Committee Member

Committee members assist the Executive committee in the effective administration of the Scout County/Area, District or Group by providing support at events, fundraising and meetings. This may involve organising, running and supervising events throughout the year.

Local Training Manager

Local Training Managers are in charge of Training Advisers. They are responsible for making sure that all adults new to Scouting are assigned a Training Adviser. They also assist the County Training Manager in the provision of training in their particular area.

Media Development Manager

For adults who are interested in the media, this would be the ideal role. A Media Development Manager is responsible for improving the public image of Scouting. This means developing and maintaining a list of local media contacts and identifying good stories in local Scouting, which can then be promoted to the local media.


Fundraisers provide Scouting with necessary funds. They may be in charge of raising funds for a new headquarters, for new equipment or even to send a section or Group on an activity or camp. Fundraisers are responsible for organising the way in which money can be raised, be it through a sponsored walk, a lottery grant or public collections.

Scout Active Support

Need a flexible way to join Scouting that fits around you and your busy lifestyle? Why not try Scout Active Support. No prior experience in Scouting or Guiding is required, just a willingness to volunteer some time to support Scouting. A Scout Active Support Unit is a group of likeminded adults who offer supporting to Scouting in some way. This could be:

  • leadership cover at youth meetings,
  • offering technical support,
  • putting on annual activity days,
  • supporting the District Campsite.

To find out more about Scout Active Support, follow this link.

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