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7 surprising things you might not know about volunteering at Scouts
October 3, 2020

7 surprising things you might not know about volunteering at Scouts

People think they know what volunteering at Scouts is all about. But you might be surprised. Here are some things you might not know....

1. You don't need to know how to put up a tent

You might think of a stereotypical scouts volunteer as someone able to tie knots and light fires by rubbing sticks together. But in reality, you don't have to be a Bear Grylls-style adventurer to volunteer.

2. There are more ways to help than you think

People often don't realise that there are so many other ways to get involved than just being a 'scout leader'. You can help drive the minibus, keep our buildings clean, buy badges, take photos, share your skills, help with admin, support our finances or cut the grass.

So much goes on behind the scenes to make scouting happen that there really is a role for everyone.

3. You can volunteer with your kids

If you're already walking to and from the scout hut with your kids every week, this is one of the most convenient ways of volunteering!

The group's leaders will be glad of your help, and you'll get to see a big smile on your child's face as they get to enjoy amazing activities and learn new skills.

Loads of our leaders volunteer at the same group as their children - and many love it so much that they stay even after their child has moved on!

4. It can be flexible around your life

We know that life can be quite hectic, so that's why we do everything we can to make volunteering at Scouts as flexible as possible. So even if you've only got a few hours a month to help out, you can still get involved.

5. You'll feel more connected to your community

Godalming Scouts is at the heart of our local community. We collaborate with local causes, get involved in events and find ways for our young people to make a positive impact on our local area.

And that means that as volunteers, we get to feel more connected to our local area and people too!

6. It's a great way to make friends

Through your time volunteering at the scouts, you'll get to meet new people and be part of a pretty awesome team. Loads of our volunteers say how much fun they have, and make great memories spending time with each other.

7. You'll be changing young people's lives

Ok, maybe this one isn't so surprising if you know how great scouts is already, but it's true. At Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network, young people have fun, make friends and learn skills which set them up for the future.

By volunteering, you'll be helping to make that happen. There's nothing quite like the feeling of knowing you've done some good for the others!

We'd love to hear from you if you think you might be able to help. Whether you can only help out on weekdays or weekends, whether you can come every week or just once a year, whether you've been involved in scouting before or you're brand new.

Get in touch by email at hello@godalmingscouts.org.uk.

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