Volunteer drought leaves long waiting list for Scouts

October 02 2018
Volunteer drought leaves long waiting list for Scouts

For many of us it was a rite of passage, being a Cub, Scout or Venture scout.

Nowadays, some of the names have changed, but the ethos of the scouting movement stays the same.

It also remains popular, with the Cotswold Edge Scout District overseeing dozens of thriving groups in South Gloucestershire.  The District has been a victim of its own success, with more than 150 children waiting to get involved.  The problem is a lack of volunteers.    Dean Ashpole is already involved and explains more about the area’s scouting movement.


For over 100 years Scouting has been teaching youngsters confidence-building and showing them new skills for life, as well as enjoying the great outdoors.

But due to a rise in popularity within Scouting over the past years we require more volunteer leaders.

Cotswold Edge has 20 Scout Groups and 8 Explorer Scout Units covering most of the South Gloucestershire area. 

We have more young people wanting to get involved but we do not have the available adult volunteers to help support this.

As a result we have over 150 young people on our waiting lists. If more adults and young people became volunteers more young people could join.

We currently have over 40 vacancies for uniformed leaders and over 30 vacancies for group support.


 What type of role could I do?

We have a wide range of volunteer roles - from casual helpers to leaders, trainers, trustees and more – we have a role for everyone.  We also offer flexible volunteering roles too, so we can fit around you and the time that you want to give to Scouting.


Do I have the right skills?

You don’t have to be an adventurer like Bear Grylls to get involved with Scouting. Do you have first aid knowledge? Are you good with numbers? Handy in the kitchen? Or are you a DIY whizz? We all have useful skills and you can volunteer and help in many ways.


What if I don’t have that much spare time?

Volunteering with us is easy, fun and flexible – how much time you give is completely up to you. Whether you help out once a fortnight, month or term or just at special events or camps, there is bound to be a role you can play, and no matter how you get involved, we'll make sure you're properly trained and supported.


What will I get out of volunteering?

As well as gaining externally recognised skills and having a brilliant time, Scouting also offers the chance to build on personal skills, like teamwork, confidence and leadership. A study found that 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.


My child is in Scouting – is there anything I could do to help?

The short answer is yes. Many of our helpers and leaders are parents of our youth members because they’ve seen first-hand how Scouting benefits young people and want to give something back. It’s also a chance to spend more time with your children and learn new skills. Speak to your child’s leader to discuss how you might become involved.


Are there any age restrictions on helping out?

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 to 18, there is the option of becoming a Young Leader.



Beaver Scouts (6-8 Year Olds)

Cub Scouts (8-10 years)

Scouts (10-14 Years)

Explorers (14-18 Years)

Network (18-25 Years)


There are LOTS of options including but not limited to:

• Occasional Helper, (Non-Uniformed)

• Section Assistant, (Uniformed)

• Section Assistant Leader (Uniformed)

• Section Leader (uniformed)

• Group Scout Leader (Manager/in charge of the Scout Group)

• Group Chairs (Trustee)

• Group Treasurers (Trustee)

• Group Executive Members (Trustee)


More information or to discuss vacancies further please contact Dean Ashpole-Chapman on:

 Mobile: 07810306291


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