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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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Volunteering as part of our UK Headquarters Team

Who are we?

We're proud that Scouts is a volunteer led movement. Working in partnership with our staff team and local volunteers, our national team serves the whole movement. There are over 300 volunteers involved at UK HQ level.

It includes everyone; from our UK Chief Volunteer and UK Leadership Team, our Programme, People, Perception, Inclusion and International Teams, our UK Youth Team, our Nations Teams, our England Leadership Team, to our National Scout Active Support Units, our Programme and Project Boards, our volunteers who support young people at our adventure centres, and everyone in between! 

What do we do? 

Everything! There are so many roles within UK HQ Volunteering, that all support our vision of preparing more young people with skills for life, supported by amazing leaders delivering an inspiring programme.


Surely I need to have been a local volunteer for years to be a UK HQ volunteer?

Absolutely not. Some roles do require some experience in scouting, but we welcome everyone, whether you are brand new to scouting or have been part of the movement your whole life - we'd love to help you find a role that fits your skills and interests.

Can you answer yes to these questions?

  • Do you enjoy volunteering in Scouts?
  • Can you inspire and motivate others?
  • Do you have ideas for how we could make Scouts even better or easier for volunteers to be brilliant in their roles?
  • Do you enjoy being part of a fun and caring team?

Then you are a perfect fit for UK HQ volunteering! 

If you get a kick out of seeing things happen, achieving success and making a positive impact to a wide audience then volunteering in this team definitely provides all of that.

We want to make sure you feel supported, empowered, and that you enjoy your time volunteering beyond your local community, at a UK level. You’ll be part of a friendly team of volunteers and staff members who will support you in your role.

We will cover your expenses (all travel and out-of-pocket expenses associated with the role, according to the expenses policy) and support any other adjustments we can make to enable you to volunteer with us.

HQ Volunteering Vacancies

Check out our current volunteer opportunities at HQ and see if there's one for you!

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What's in it for me?

Supporting and leading volunteers provides so much more opportunity and experiences than with employees, what you can gain by doing this really well can be a great asset for your professional life as well as in Scouts.

The work of our team is all about people and one of the incredible benefits of volunteering in any role in Scouts is the teams of people you get to work with. You will join an incredible team of dedicated people. You will get to inspire, motivate, shape and support the development of this team, building friendships and establishing a sense of camaraderie focused around our mission for young people.

Why should I volunteer?

You will get to see the difference that Scouts makes to so many young people’s lives on a national scale, helping them to develop skills for life, foster friendships and provide so many incredible and unforgettable experiences.

The issues and challenges that you find ways to tackle will stretch you as an individual, and you’ll find yourself discovering new things that you are capable of achieving.

Volunteering can be a brilliant way to boost your mental wellbeing. It’s a great feeling knowing you’re helping young people get skills for life, and you might even learn a lot about yourself along the way.

What skills do I need?

Each role is different, and depending on what you're interested in doing will depend on the skills we ask for.

What we can all agree however, is on a few essential skills that all roles require:

  • A passion for Scouts
  • A desire to make a positive difference
  • A commitment to our Scout values

What do Scouts do?

Scouts is where young people make new friends, have amazing adventures, and learn new skills.

Find out what Scouts do

Skills for Life

Skills for Life is a strategy that supports and empowers both young people and volunteers.                                                    

Find out how we deliver Skills for Life

Following rules and policy

Find out about Scouts POR (Policy, Organisation and Rules) and other key policies and information.


Read our policies and rules