Volunteering is rewarding and lots of fun! From a few hours a week or just a few a month you will see young people enjoy their Scouting time and this reward as better than pay as there is no financial reward.

Our award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouting as our young people.

Scouting’s quality depends on its volunteers and our volunteers depend on Scouting to teach them the skills they need. 

National leader

Our modular training scheme delivers the full spectrum of required skills. Volunteers can choose training modules that are relevant to the role that they do, ranging from leadership to running residential experiences and first aid.

Our training scheme was recognised with a National Training Award from UK Skills. It is one of the reasons why we have managed to increase our volunteer numbers over the past few years, against the national trend.

Relevant skills

Over 90% of our volunteers believe that the skills and experiences they have gained through Scouting have been of relevance to their working or personal lives, so we’re certainly doing something right.

A study of volunteers found that more than two thirds of respondents reported a direct correlation between their volunteer experience within Scouting and gaining employment or career development.

Training in Scouting has also enabled volunteers to gain accreditation for Open College Network awards in Youth Work, and helped them to become associate members of the Institute of Leadership and Management and the Institute for Training and Occupational Learning.

What to do next….

If you are interested in becoming an adult involved in Scouting in Exeter then please complete the following form and it will be emailed to us directly

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The following information came from a Cub leader from Exeter District:

Yesterday morning I was sat on the floor at HQ with a team of 6 Cubs building a Police car out of recyclable rubbish at the scrape store challenge, we came 2nd. Then in the evening I was sat laughing, joking and having a nice meal with some of the other District Cub leaders. What a lovely day.

Looking back it all started 10 years ago when my son was in Cubs and I was helping take some tents down at the end of a weekend camp at Watcombe, not forgotten what I learnt as a girl Guide.The Akela approached me at the next meeting and asked if I would like to be an occasional helper as they are always on the look out for helpers and were impressed with my tent skill. So i started helping out each week and I enjoyed working with the Cubs supporting them with the various activities. When my son left Cubs, I was asked if I would like to stay on and complete my training to become an assistant Cub leader. I was really cuffed to be asked as it was great to be able to give something back to the organisation and children, especially as both my children had been through the Scouting and Guiding and got so much out of it. Also it was great fun. I completed my training over 2 years, although you can take up to 5 if needed, through attending courses, completing e learning, practical sessions and a lot of on the job learning. After the 2 years I was proud to get my wood beads and 10 years later I am now Akela myself.

Here is an example of some of the things I have had the opportunity to be involved, group, camps, district camps, shelter building, go ape, swamp walk, hikes, games in the park, no sleep sleepovers, St Georges parade, beach litter pick, badge work, fencing, archery, carol singing, crafts, cooking, visit to fire station and many, many more great activities and experiences.

It is really great to see the children making new friends, trying new activities, developing and growing in to confident young people and most of all having fun and the same can be said for me.

If you can spare an hour or two a week please complete the form and start your Scouting experience!