If you wish to help in one of our youth sections, there are five options that you can choose from. These are:
- Group Occasional Helper
- Section Assistant
- Assistant Section Leader
- Section Leader
- Group Scout Leader
Group Occasional Helper
Being a Group Occasional Helper means exactly that! It enables adults to help within more than one section occasionally – perhaps once a month, at a weekly meeting, an activity or camp – but without having the responsibility of running a section.
Occasional Helpers are not members of The Scout Association, but can give valuable and often much needed support to section leaders in delivering our progressive youth training programme.
You may be a specialist in a specific field, for example First Aid, and simply offer to come down once every few months to offer training for our young people in this crucial skill.
It is a very flexible role geared to those who want to help but have a busy life-style and cannot commit to helping every week.
Section Assistants are adult volunteers who assist the Section Leaders and Assistant Section Leaders in delivering the programme to young people in Scouting.
The sort of things they help with are:
- Running games and activities as part of weekly section meetings and other section events
- Assisting young people to achieve badges and awards
- Assisting with residential experiences for the section
- Assisting the section with taking part in a varied, exciting and safe programme of activities
Sectional Assistants usually attend their section’s meetings regularly (weekly or 2 or 3 times a month).
They can either be Full Members or Associate Members of The Scout Association and are entitled to wear uniform.
Assistant Section Leader
An Assistant Section Leader supports the Section Leader in the operation of their Section.
Typically, as Assistant Section Leader will assist the Section Leader with:
- Planning and delivering the Balanced Programme to the young members in the section (Beavers/Cubs/Scouts/Explorers)
- Nights Away experiences (e.g. camps or sleepovers)
- Outings and activities which take place away from the usual meeting place of the section
- Ensuring all activities are carried out in a safe environment.
- Stepping in to run the section if the Section Leader is unable to attend
- Working with their section leadership team and leaders from other sections within the Group/Explorer Unit to help promote Scouting in their community.
Assistant Section Leaders usually attend regularly (weekly) and are an essential part of the leadership team in the section within which they operate. As such, Assistant Section Leaders are expected to complete the Modular Training applicable to their role/section. They will be allocated a Training Adviser to assist them through their training.
The Section Leader is responsible for Managing and leading the operation of their Section, including the planning and delivery of a safe and exciting Balanced Programme of activities throughout the year.
Section Leaders are usually assisted in their role by Assistant Section Leaders, Section Assistants, and Young Leaders. They can also recruit Occasional Helpers to work within their section.
Section Leaders usually attend all weekly meetings and are key members the leadership team in the section within which they operate. Section Leaders are expected to complete the Modular Training applicable to their role/section. They will be allocated a Training Adviser to assist them through their training.
Group Scout Leader
The Group Scout Leader (GSL) is the manager of a Scout Group – which usually comprises the three youngest sections with the Scouting Family – Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
The section leaders from each section report directly to the GSL.
He/she is the person who provides support and guidance to the Section Leaders. The GSL invariably acts as a mentor or training adviser for the section leaders.
The GSL is also responsible for ‘strategic planning’ within a Group to determine:
- What resources the Group need to grow in the future
- What resources are available within the local community to help the Group grow and develop its range of activities
The GSL is supported in their role by the District Commissioner and by a team of adults within the Group that help with Group administration and fund raising.
As with any role of this nature, full training is provided.
Contrary to popular belief, GSLs do not necessarily have to have had prior experience of Scouting (or Guiding) – although clearly that would be an advantage. More important is the ability to motivate and support other adults and to be able to “think outside the box”.
If this is you, then we would love to hear from you. Please contact the District Commissioner for more information.