Do more, share more, be more

We’re looking for volunteers from all over the world, including the UK and Europe, who want to have fun, make friends and learn skills for life. Each year we recruit around 160 volunteers to help us run Scout Adventures across the UK.

You could be doing anything from leading a kayaking session to checking-in guests, to running a team building game for 50 Scouts.

Based at one of 12 sites around the UK, the view from your room could be anything from acres of beautiful woodland to lakes that stretch as far as the eye can see!

Long-term volunteers stay for placements of between 8 and 12 months at a time. Available placements vary from centre to centre, but the main volunteer intakes start in February for the summer season and August for the winter.

In February we welcomed over 100 new volunteers from 30 countries from around the world including Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Asia and Africa. They are helping us to deliver amazing experiences to thousands of young people across the UK.

In August 2019 we have over 40 volunteers joining us to support Scout Adventure centres across the UK. They are coming from across the globe including Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Uganda, USA, Venezuela and the UK. 

Please download our Volunteer Programme brochure here

    "My experience at Lochgoilhead centre was awesome beyond my expectations, most exciting was the fact that the centre took time to teach me in less than 3 months skills that others learn in many years. I’m more confident and wish others could learn the same as me. "

    Flavia (Zambia)

    "It is impossible to imagine how much the Scout Adventures volunteer programme can blow your mind and change everything. I learned to value the day to day, to count experiences and not things."

    Barbara (Argentina)

    What to expect

    • Food and accommodation
    • Out-of-pocket expenses
    • Full training and support
    • Make new international friends
    • Have fun and make a difference to young people

    Who can apply?

    Anyone can apply if you are over 18 years old and you must be able to communicate well in English to deliver fun and safe activities to our guests.

    You’ll need lots of energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to be outdoors – whatever the weather!

    We don’t ask for specific qualifications or experience, we give you all the training that you need.


    Visa and costs

    If you don’t hold an EU passport then you will need to apply for a Tier 5 Charity visa and the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). You will need to cover these cost: Visa - £244 and IHS - £400 (fees subject to change).

    All volunteers will be required to provide a Criminal Records Check/Certificate of Good Conduct.

    Some countries require you to have a TB test certificate (please check if this applies to you).

    You are responsible for arranging transport to and from the UK, but we will collect you from the airport/train station to transfer you to the training centre.


    Our placement dates 

    February 2020 applications are now closed. 

    August 2020 applications will open in January 2020. 

    For any other enquiries please email us at

    To apply as a Volunteer

    Before you start your application, you will need the following:

    • A recent photo of yourself (saved as either a JPEG, GIF or PNG.
    • Your CV and letter of reference (for Scouts or Guides, this must be from your International Commissioner) ready to attach to your application form.
    • This application will take around 20 minutes; so please ensure that you have enough time before starting as it cannot be saved.