Adults Can Help

What do volunteers do?

Week by week, Scouting volunteers empower thousands of young people to learn new skills, make new friends and stand on their own two feet. They’re our everyday heroes. They shape young people’s lives for the better, and find out a whole lot about themselves in the process, too.

That’s where you come in

You don’t need to be Bear Grylls to join us. You don’t need to have been a Scout when you were younger. You don’t even need to know how to put up a tent. Our door is open to people of all ages, genders, races and backgrounds, and we’re only able to change lives because people like you lend a hand. We’re talking about tea makers, tidy-uppers and skill sharers. We’re talking about mini bus drivers and first aiders. We’re talking about students who want to boost their CV, and parents who volunteer so they can spend more time together as a family.

Whatever your skillset, lend a hand for as little or as much time as you can spare, and we promise you’ll get more out than you put in. Because whether you’re helping a leader to run an activity in the local town hall, organising a night away, or buttering 120 slices of bread a group of very hungry eleven year olds - no two Scout meetings are the same. The difference you make, though, is always great.

We provide the training. You show up, get stuck in, and make memories for life.

As long as you're over 18, you can help out as an adult volunteer in Scouting. There is no upper age limit for adult volunteers. If you are aged between 14 and 18, there is the option of becoming a Young Leader.

Sounds fun? Worthwhile? It is.

 Because we're an international group we have an ever changing team, as people move to and from the area. 

That means we are always recruiting for a variety of roles, both as leaders and behind the scenes and welcome your involvement.

You don't have to be British, although you will need to be able to communicate in English

Nor do you need to be a parent, although many of us are*.  In fact not being a parent may mean you have more time...

Please take a look at our current vacancies and see if you, or someone you know, would enjoy volunteering with us.

*The advantage for parents is that if you take a role, at least one of your children will have priority to join, which is an advantage if we have less spaces than applicants, which is unfortunately often the case.

Get Inspired

160,000 volunteers like you, helping more than 460,000 young people each year to build #SkillsForLife

Find Out More

If you would like to contact us for more details or arrange to meet with a leader, please click the link below for our contact form.

Contact Us

Online Application

The Online Adult Information Form, is for regular volunteers OR for adults/parents wanting to attend an overnight event.

If you aren't sure what is required and why, you can read more about it on the clearances page.

Online Form

 Please chat with us first about joining


Training for adults

Take a look at the BSO training page

The BSO Calendar showing online courses can be found here

Scout Active Support

Scout Active Support allows adults aged 18 years old and above to volunteer on a flexible basis.

Scout Active Support Information


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