To deliver quality scouting you need an excellent team of leaders and we are very fortunate in having just that. Inevitably, though, people move on, or sometimes take up other roles, so we are always looking for more help.
Within each section there are basically four levels of support you can give.
Occasional Helpers are people who help out once a term or with individual events. It is a good idea if they are DBS (formerly CRB) checked, although as long as they are supervised by a leader this is not necessary.
Group supporters are people who help on a more regular basis. They do not normally wear a uniform but they should be DBS checked. They may not undergo formal training to become a leader although if they intend to eventually take out a warrant then this is a good idea. They may take responsibility for a particular part of the regular programme or commit to a particular task such as doing the background administration, or they may take on a similar role to an assistant leader to see how they get on before committing themselves further. Group supporters also play a valuable role as members of the Group Executive including the roles of chairman, secretary and treasurer, which cannot be taken on by the warranted leaders.
Assistant leaders are people who have decided they would like to become members of the scout movement and take on a regular formal role in helping to run a section, but not necessarily as the main leader of the section. They are required to wear a uniform and to undergo training within the group and via modular training sessions run by the district and county.
Section leaders run the individual sections – beavers, cubs, scouts and explorer scouts. They are responsible for the weekly programme of their section, the other activities like visits or camps, managing the assistant leaders and others helping with their section, and doing or overseeing the administration of the section. They are required to take out a warrant, wear a uniform and undergo appropriate training.
If you would like to help in any of these roles, or in any other capacity, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to your son/daughter’s section leader.
DBS Checks – anyone who assists with any section, even in relatively minor ways, needs to be checked through the Disclosure and Barring System (previously known as a CRB check). This is a relatively easy procedure involving you filling out a form then getting this checked by our Group Scout Leader against your passport or driving licence.