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Volunteering at Scouts is changing to help us reach more young people

Volunteering is changing to help us reach more young people

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Rewards and benefits

Rewards and benefits

We think that there are some great benefits to working here. All paid staff receive the following:

Time away from work

  • 28 days holiday
  • PLUS up to three extra days off between Christmas and New Year
  • After 2 years’ service – your holiday goes up to 32 days

As a flexible employer, the Scouts operate a TOIL system. Employees can accrue a maximum of 35 hours TOIL, pro rata for part-time employees, to be used within four weeks of accrual.

Up to 4 days’ Personal Leave per year. These days can cover religious holidays, caring responsibilities for a dependent, or for primary care givers for other close relatives or friends.

Granted at manager’s discretion based on requirements.

Up to 5 days’ Volunteer Leave per year.

Once you’re three months in post, we have generous sick pay – above the statutory.


We're a flexible employer. Lots of our roles are offered on a hybrid basis where you can have some control over whether you work at home or in one of our offices. You can also ask for flexibility on start and end times of work.

We have a flexible working policy allowing staff to request amendments to their working pattern and a specific reason for making the request is not required.

Learn more about what hybrid working means to Scouts.

Your physical and mental health

Optical, dental and many more appointments are covered including, great gym discounts, family days out discounts, and 24/7 helplines including speaking to a GP, Counselling and practical information.

Staff can add up to four children and their partner to their plan so they can receive the same benefits. Six counselling sessions can also be arranged for Scouts staff.

We take the wellbeing of our staff extremely seriously. Many of our staff are trained Mental Health First Aiders so if you’re ever suffering from emotional distress there are plenty of people you can turn to – either for an informal chat or signposting to further support.

Looking after your future and your family

You'll be automatically enrolled into the Scouts Group Personal Pension Plan, contributing 3% of your qualifying earnings. Scouts will contribute double at 6% of your qualifying earnings on auto enrolment.

You can increase your contribution at any point and we'll double your contribution up to a maximum of 10% of your gross salary.

We're proud to be a family friendly employer and pay Maternity and Adoption leave above the statutory (13 weeks’ full pay. 13 weeks’ half pay, 13 weeks’ SMP), this includes surrogates and those using a surrogate.

Staff are paid 4 weeks’ full pay for Paternity leave.

We offer a death in service scheme and your loved ones will receive four times your salary if you pass away while employed by us.

Making your money go that little bit further

Financial support with your travel expenses.

You can buy Scout Store merchandise with a discount of 25% on certain items.

Car parking: Our parking is free at all sites. 

Minibus service: When working at Gilwell Park, a Scouts minibus is available to meet trains arriving at Chingford Station between 8am and 9:02am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (every 15 mins).

The minibus runs between 8am and 9:05am on request on Mondays and Fridays.

On the way home, the minibus is available on request every day between 4pm and 6pm.

Available to all staff to help them with the cost of a bicycle.

Discounts that all employees can use any time.

Rewards and recognition

Colleagues are able to nominate one another or a team, who will then receive a reward.

Line Managers can nominate staff, who will then receive a reward.


We provide regular training courses in a range of topics, delivered virtually and at locations around the country in everything from conflict management to digital skills. We can often access free accredited qualifications in subjects as varied as team leading and mental health awareness. We can also provide funding towards professional qualifications (subject to approval).

We provide all our leaders with inspirational leadership training which guides you through some key principles, including:

  • Personal credibility
  • Modelling the culture
  • Enabling others
  • Challenging yourself to achieve

We actively encourage people to get involved with as wide a range of learning and development activities as possible. These include (but aren't limited to):

  • Online learning programmes
  • Reading (books, sector magazines etc.)
  • Visiting (and benchmarking against) other organisations
  • Attending conferences and events
  • Job shadowing
  • Mentoring
  • Involvement in project work
  • Volunteering