Inspire a Generation


Inspire a Generation

Applications are currently open for October

"Scout Adventures is a great place to volunteer! There is always an opportunity to learn something new and nothing is more rewarding than being in the great outdoors and helping young people!"

Amy - UK

The Journey to Volunteering


Step 1 Applying

You can apply using our online application form. You’ll need to include details of someone to write you a letter of recommendation – this should be an adult (who is not related to you) who can provide a statement about your character and suitability to join our team. 

A scout leader, teacher or sports coach would be ideal as they will understand the type of role you will be volunteering for. When we receive your application and letter of recommendation we will review them and if everything looks good then we’ll invite you to an online interview. 

The interview takes 15 to 20 minutes and is an opportunity for us to get to know you a little more and for you to ask us any questions – you don’t need to prepare anything, but please try to find somewhere quiet with a strong internet connection.

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Step 2 Arrival

All of our Full Time volunteers start their time with us by completing an initial training course, normally held at Gilwell Park.

Once the application process is complete we’ll let you know which course dates we’ve assigned you to.  We’ll then work with you to plan your travel arrangements – if you need a visa this includes supplying you with a Certificate of Sponsorship.

Normally you would arrive over the weekend before training starts; we'll organise transport to collect you from the airport or train station.


Step 3 Initial Training

The course lasts 10 days and has 30 to 40 participants. You’ll join a team of 11 other volunteers who will be your group – each group has a mentor (normally a returning volunteer), and a trainer (one of our permanent team). 

The course is very practical and you will be expected to take an active part in all of the sessions.  At the end of the course we celebrate with a campfire and we invest you into the Scout Adventures family.

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Step 4 Volunteering

Once you arrive at your allocated centre, in the first few weeks, you'll be doing lots of training in the activities you'll be delivering to young people.

If you have an interest or skill then we try to give you the opportunity to use it.  If you're creative, in your spare time, you can leave your mark on the centre.  In the past volunteers have painted climbing walls, built team building bases, and created vegetable gardens.

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Available Placements

To apply you will need to complete an application form and submit copies of the information below as a PDF or JPG file (the form contains instructions for how to do this):

  • Membership confirmation from your National Scout/Guide Organisation (only required if you're a current Scout or Girl Guide)
  • Reference letter – letter of recommendation from school/university or employer
  • A photo of you
  • A short 2 minute video of you introducing yourself.

We need all of the items above before we can continue your application - and you can start preparing these now even if you have not filled in the form.  Please note you must be over 18 when you apply for your visa - 3 months before you start your training, and must have a good standard of English.

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Find out about our Centres



2. Lochgoilhead, Loch Lomond

Located close to Loch Goil and Argyll Forest Park, Lochgoilhead offers hill, forest and water environments.

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3. Fordell Firs, Edinburgh

A  beautiful site on the outskirts of Edinburgh.  With easy access to the fantastic cultural attractions of Scotland's capital city.

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4.  Hawkhirst, Northumberland

Located in the Kielder forest, in Northumberland national park, and on the shores of Kielder water, the largest  manmade lake in northern Europe.  

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6. Great Tower, Lake District

In the heart of the Lake District, on the shores of Windermere, Great Tower is one of our most stunning locations. Close to the towns of Bowness, Windermere and just a short journey to Kendal.

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8.  Youlbury, Oxford

A beautiful woodland centre.  This is the worlds oldest permanent Scout Camp and is just 3 miles from the historic city of Oxford.

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9.  Gilwell Park, London

Close to London but with the tranquillity of a woodland location, Gilwell Park is famous throughout the world for its Scouting heritage, beautiful setting and stunning range of activities.

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10.  Broadstone Warren, East Sussex

Within the idyllic Weald area of outstanding natural beauty, Broadstone Warren is 400 acres of adventure in the Ashdown Forest close to the town of East Gristead, just an hours train journey to central London.

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