Inspire a Generation

Volunteer

Inspire a Generation

"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

Arrival

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.

Apply to volunteer here

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.

See what training is all about

 

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.

Find out our Top Tips for volunteering

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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):

  • Your CV 
  • 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 at the point you start your training with us, and must have a good standard of English.

 

11 month Placement - Autumn 2022

November 2022 - October 2023

 

9 Month Placement - Full Season 2023

February 2023 > November 2023

 

6 Month Placement - Spring 2023

 March 2023 > September 2023

 

This is our longest placement for volunteers who want to live a full year of adventure!  You'll be involved in all aspects of running the centre and have the chance to help us prepare for and then deliver a 2023 full of adventure for thousands of young people.

There are 36 places available on this placement, with volunteers being placed at the following centres:

  • Broadstone Warren
  • Gilwell Park
  • Great Tower
  • Hawkhirst
  • Lochgoilhead
  • Youlbury

 

Key dates (some dates may change slightly)

Placement start 7 November 2022
Placement End 7 October 2023
Arrival in the UK 5 or 6 November 2022
Training Course 7 to 18 November 2022
Applications open 1 June 2022
Interviews held July 2022

 

 

 

This 9 month placement gives you the chance to be part of our team delivering adventures to thousands of young people - you'll be part of our 2023 story and have the opportunity to both learn and teach loads of new skills surrounded by our volunteering family.

There are 34 places available on this placement, with volunteers being placed at the following centres:

  • Fordell Firs
  • Gilwell Park
  • Great Tower
  • Hawkhirst
  • Youlbury

 

Key dates (some dates may change slightly):

Placement start 13 February 2023
Placement End 13 November 2023 (some centres have slightly different end dates)
Arrival in the UK 11 or 12 February 2023
Training Course 13 to 24 February 2023
Applications open 1 July 2022
Interviews held August & October 2022
 

 

This is a 6 month placement for people who want a to spend just a few month being part of our amazing team and changing the lives of young people.  The length of this placement means visa/travel arrangements often cost less than on our longer placements. 

There are 34 places available on this placement, with volunteers being placed at the following centres:

  • Broadstone Warren
  • Gilwell Park
  • Great Tower
  • Youlbury

 

Key dates (some dates may change slightly):

Placement start 13 March 2023
Placement End 13 November 2023 
Arrival in the UK 11 or 12 March 2023
Training Course 13 to 24 March 2023
Applications open 1 July 2022
Interviews held August & October 2022

 

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6 Month Placement - Summer 2023

 May 2023 > November 2023

 

11 Month Placement - Autumn 2023

October 2023  > September 2024

 

9 Month Placement - Full Season 2024

February 2024 > November 2024

 

This is a 6 month placement for people who want a to spend just a few month being part of our amazing team and changing the lives of young people.  The length of this placement means visa/travel arrangements often cost less than on our longer placements. 

There are 18 places available on this placement.  We sometime open additional spaces for this placement closer to the start date as well.  Volunteers being placed at the following centres:

  • Broadstone Warren
  • Gilwell Park

 

Key dates (some dates may change slightly):

Placement start 1 May 2023
Placement End 31 October 2023 
Arrival in the UK 29 or 30 April 2023
Training Course 1 to 12 May 2023
Applications open 1 July 2022
Interviews held August & October 2022
 

 

This is our longest placement for volunteers who want to live a full year of adventure!  You'll be involved in all aspects of running the centre and have the chance to help us prepare for and then deliver a 2024 full of adventure for thousands of young people.

There are 36 places available on this placement, with volunteers being placed at the following centres:

  • Broadstone Warren
  • Gilwell Park
  • Great Tower
  • Hawkhirst
  • Lochgoilhead
  • Youlbury

 

Key dates (some dates may change slightly)

Placement start 9 October 2023
Placement End 8 September 2024
Arrival in the UK 7 or 8 October 2023
Training Course 9 to 20 October 2023
Applications open 1 May 2023
Interviews held June 2023
 

 

This 9 month placement gives you the chance to be part of our team delivering adventures to thousands of young people - you'll be part of our 2024 story and have the opportunity to both learn and teach loads of new skills surrounded by our volunteering family.

There are 34 places available on this placement, with volunteers being placed at the following centres:

  • Fordell Firs
  • Gilwell Park
  • Great Tower
  • Hawkhirst
  • Youlbury

 

Key dates (some dates may change slightly):

Placement start 12 February 2024
Placement End 12 November 2024 (some centres have slightly different end dates)
Arrival in the UK 10 or 11 February 2024
Training Course 12 to 23 February 2024
Applications open 1 July 2023
Interviews held August & October 2023

 

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