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Local volunteering

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Local volunteering

Your volunteering journey with us

Step one: get in touch
You’re ready to come and help us achieve our goal of delivering outdoor experiences to young people from all over the UK, so it is time to get in touch! We’ll ask for some basic details, have a chat and find out a bit more about you and what you would like to do! 

Step two: organise a visit
Come and visit us at one of our adventure centres, get an introduction to the team, a tour around the site and find out a bit more about what we do and how you can help us out. This is a great chance to get a feel for Scout Adventures and ask any questions you may have. 

Step three: join us
You've seen the sites, met the people and are ready to take the step into volunteering with us! This step involves becoming a member of the Scouts, for anyone who is already an adult volunteer with the Scouts, this is just a case of making you a member of the Scout Adventures Active Support Unit. For people new to the Scouts, this means adding you as an adult volunteer with us! It's an easy process that just requires some basic details from you. There is some training to do and you'll require a DBS (Criminal Record Check). More information on this can be found on our frequently asked questions section below.

Step four: start volunteering!
Signed up, training completed and introductions done? Time to start volunteering with us.  We'll find you projects/ tasks to suit you, we have some pre-planned volunteering weekends in the calendar, which can be found here. However we are also happy to work with you on planning your volunteering experience, if you have ideas/ plans, let us know and we can work with you on making these happen! Remember, there is opportunities for everyone, no matter your skillset, experience or background we can make sure your volunteering story with us is a great one!
 

"I really enjoy volunteering with Scout Adventures. Not only have I made the centre a little bit better, I've made loads of new friends and learnt a few new skills too. I moved to the area recently so it's really helped me to settle in. "

George, local volunteer

Volunteer service crew weekends

Scout Adventures needs your help playing a vital role in helping us to continue to deliver outdoor experiences for young people all across the UK. Help us breathe new life into our sites after a busy season. Whether you're a master with a paintbrush, a skilled repair whiz, a fencing aficionado, or just someone with a passion for positive change, we need you!

You'll get to work alongside our amazing International Volunteer Team, have the chance to meet and work alongside new people and become a key part of the Scout Adventures Team. Food and accommodation will be provided throughout the weekend.

Please contact our local volunteering team to find out the next service crew weekend. 

 

Find out about our adventure centres

 

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.

Discover the Centre

 

Fordell Firs, Edinburgh

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

Discover the Centre

 

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.

Discover the Centre

 

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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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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Lochgoilhead, Loch Lomond

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

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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.

Discover the Centre

 

Frequently asked questions

What does it mean to be a volunteer?

What is membership?
Becoming a member of the Scout Adventures Active Support Unit, is the first step in to helping Scout Adventures deliver their goals on supporting Scouts and other young people in to the world of the outdoors. It provides you with the opportunity to be able to come along and volunteer at our centres, being able to take part in a wide variety of projects, tasks and any other exciting things we have going on! We rely on our volunteer teams, to keep our centres going. Each of our centres has a number of international volunteers from all over the world, running activities, cleaning, painting and anything else we have going on. By joining our team, this means supporting them, with day-to-day tasks, supporting the wider centre by getting involved with bigger projects and ensuring that anyone visiting has a great experience.

Getting started
When you first come and volunteer with us, there is no expectation for you to become a member straight away, come down, see if you enjoy it! You'll be welcomed onto site by our amazing team of staff and volunteers and shown everything you need to know! You'll never be expected to do anything you are not comfortable doing and usually it will be planned in advance so you know what you're walking in to! If everything goes well and you're happy to return, then we will look at making you a member. This means taking some details, doing some basic E-Learning and also doing a DBS (Criminal Record Check). Once this has gone through, then you're membership is full! We will start with a two-year appointment, after which, we will chat and review whether you would like to continue on or not! 

Expectations
We have set some expectations that we would like to see from our volunteers, starting with a minimum commitment to volunteering, which we have set at one volunteering session per quarter, so four sessions a year. We also expect that Scout Association rules are followed (which are laid out in your E-Learning). 

In return
So, what do you get in return for your time and skills? 
Coming and joining our team and getting involved on our centres has endless benefits! Meeting new people, working with people from all over the world, learning new cultures, learning new skills and how to use different tools and doing different jobs that you may not have had the opportunity to do before. You get to know that your work is directly benefitting young people all over the country, Scouts, Guides, school children and any other youth organisation that benefits from the great things we have on offer! 

We will ensure that you get your travel costs reimbursed, if you would like them to be. We will plan to have you on centre when we have accommodation available to ensure that you have somewhere warm and comfortable to sleep! On some of our sites, we can ensure that you're fed, on others we can reimburse the costs for your food. 

You will be provided with a Scout Adventures polo shirt, and invested into the Scout Adventures Active Support Unit and will receive one of our Neckers should you wish you have one! 

Essentially, all in all, you will learn new skills, have the chance to upgrade your skillsets with training courses, meet some amazing international volunteers and meet our incredible centre staff teams, work with new people, have a direct impact on Scouting in the UK and most of all, have fun and enjoy yourself! 

What training is available?

Mandatory Scouts training 
When joining the Scout Association, it is required that some E-Learning is completed, it is 4 modules that consist of;
•    Module 001- An introduction to Scouts and what Scouts is all about, roughly 20 minutes, online module.
•    Safety- An introduction to keeping safe within Scouting, risk assessments and safe practices.
•    Safeguarding- An introduction to Scouts safeguarding practices. Ensuring we keep everybody safe. 
•    GDPR - A module outlining what GDPR is and how it fits within Scouts.
 
Personal learning plan
A personal learning plan can be created when joining, initially it will consist of the above 4 modules, however if you feel you need more specific training then this can be added in. 
 
Once the above modules are completed, certificates are to be sent to james.reynolds@scouts.org.uk where your training can then be updated on Compass. Safety and Safeguarding have to be re-done every three years to ensure we keep current and up to date with the latest advice and practices.
 
There will soon be another module introduced, which will be specific to Scout Adventures, and give a background on who we are and what we do. This will be another E-Learning module which can be done online. 
 
Further Scouts training
Further training modules are available, which can be discussed when planning your personal learning plan. 

Is there uniform I need to wear?

Starter uniform
When first starting with Scout Adventures, you will be supplied with one of our green Scout Adventures polo shirts. They are branded and the same as our staff and volunteers where on all of our sites and in the office. We really want you to be a part of our team and an important part of this is to be wearing the same! It is important to remember, when wearing our uniform you are representing Scout Adventures and so should ensure you act accordingly. Once your mandatory training is signed off, we will then 'Invest' you into the Scout Adventures Active Support Unit and give you one of our Neckers. 

Further uniform
We do have a full uniform package, and if the role/ project you're undertaking requires more, then we can look at this on a case-by-case basis. For example, if you're working outside, in poor weather, we can provide you with a waterproof coat. 

If you decide you want more uniform, this can be purchased from us (at a very reasonable cost!) or can be purchased with credits banked up with the volunteering hours you do. 

Full uniform package:
•    Scout Adventures polo shirt
•    Halti Juonto waterproof jacket
•    Halti Neon insulated jacket
•    Halti Pallas zip off softshell trousers
•    Halti Gems shoes

Why Halti? 
Halti are a brand that prides themselves on their sustainability credentials. 97% of their clothing contains recycled materials. Roughly 50% of the materials they use comes from recycled plastic bottles. All of their jackets are recyclable and can be sent back to Halti when finished with. They will then reuse the materials again into a new jacket. This also applies to the Down in their products which is all recycled down and has been taken from pillows/ duvets that would have gone to landfill. Halti are a Bluesign approved brand, this means they meet requirements from Bluesign for low levels of harmful chemicals used in the manufacturing process of their clothing. They also use no PFC’s in their kit. Halti transport their kit from their factories in China, to Finland by train, rather than by air or sea. This is significantly less damaging to the environment. They aim to be a Carbon Neutral Brand by the end of 2023. With this in mind, we wanted to work with a brand that cared about the impact they have on the environment. They design kit to last, which means we can ensure people have kit that lasts in our centres.

What are the volunteering hours?

When you come and volunteer for Scout Adventures, we keep a record of how many hours you have done for us. This allows us to share this amazing information with Scouts HQ and the wider Scout Community and really lets us shout about how amazing our volunteer teams are and how crucial they are to keeping our centres running and keeping our costs to Scouts as low as possible. 

What rewards will be available to me?

We know how valuable your time is, and we want to be able to give something back as a thank you for your time. So we have come up with a system for you to be able to use your volunteering hours to get something back. Volunteering hours will be converted into Credits, which will be worth £0.50 each per hour volunteered. To begin with, this will then be able to be 'Spent' on new uniform items and accommodation at our centres. As we get the system up and running we are looking to add in Training Courses and other benefits.

How will I be reviewed?

Initially, we will set your review to 2 years from your start date, after this we can have a chat and ensure that you are happy in the role and you're happy to continue. It is also a great opportunity for us to make some plans for the next period of time and work out any personal development you might be interested in or any specific projects you might like. 
 

How will I be kept updated?

We will release a monthly newsletter during the last week of each month, this will be sent out to all members in the Scout Adventures Active Support unit. It will include some updates on projects across our centres, share success stories and any relevant information. We will also include any updates to the staff team and do some introductions to our staff and volunteer teams across all of our sites. Included will be any upcoming projects and a link to be able to sign up to them. 

Will I be able to earn the Service team Woodbadge?

As with many roles in the Scouts, you will have the option to work towards our Service Team Woodbadge. You will need to complete some training courses (all of which can be done online). If this is something you're interested in, then please get in touch here!