Volunteers

You Can Make A Difference

There are lots of opportunities available with for volunteering in Scouting in Biggleswade District. Volunteering for Scouting gives you the chance to try different activities, visit new places and learn and share skills.

Flexible Opportunities – Your Time, Your Choice

You can decide how much or little time you wish to give and how you spend that time. It could be an evening a week or one weekend a year.

In doing so, you will be making a positive difference to the lives of young people. From archery to canoeing, camping to drama, young people get the opportunity to try new things, explore their talents, develop their values and beliefs and make the most out of life.

There are plenty of opportunities, including:

  • working directly with young people
  • supporting or managing other volunteers
  • providing specialist support, such as in fundraising, training or media relations
  • managing events
  • looking after the administrative side of Scouting, such as a secretary or treasurer.

No matter what you are interested in or what skills you wish to develop, there is a role for you.

Why Volunteer?

  • you’ll have fun and feel rewarded
  • you’ll learn new skills
  • you’ll make new friends
  • you’ll gain externally recognised qualifications
  • you’ll add to your CV with membership of professional organisations such as the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)
  • you’ll make a difference and give something back to your community.

Develop New Skills – Our award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouting as our young people.

Scouting’s quality depends on its volunteers and our volunteers depend on Scouting to teach them the skills they need. Our modular training scheme delivers the full spectrum of required skills. Volunteers can choose training modules that are relevant to the role that they do, ranging from leadership to running residential experiences and first aid.

Our training scheme was recognised with a National Training Award from UK Skills. It is one of the reasons why we have managed to increase our volunteer numbers over the past few years, against the national trend.

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, so we’re certainly doing something right.

A study of volunteers found that more than two thirds of respondents reported a direct correlation between their volunteer experience within Scouting and gaining employment or career development.

Training in Scouting has also enabled volunteers to gain accreditation for Open College Network awards in Youth Work, and helped them to become associate members of the Institute of Leadership and Management and the Institute for Training and Occupational Learning.

Support for you:

  • a telephone support and information service
  • a full colour, 80 page magazine six times a year
  • six special supplements each year for your specialist area
  • ongoing training and development
  • a dedicated and daily updated website with thousands of downloadable resources to help you in your role
  • discounts on a range of outdoor gear and other offers.

This year people like you have helped us provide more adventurous activities than any other voluntary organisation in the UK.