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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

Volunteering is changing at Scouts. Read more

Discover what this means

After spending time finding the right role for a new or existing volunteer, the first few months are crucial. Making sure that they're supported and can become effective in their role as quickly as possible is key to keeping them motivated and involved.

What is an induction period?

An induction period is the next step after someone says yes. It can help help you settle in, learn more about what is expected of you, and find out about the support that is available. It's about:

  • providing information
  • meeting people
  • having a go.

Some people who get involved in Scouts leave after just a short while. This can be for a variety of reasons, including:

  • not having a chance to do anything
  • not being sure exactly what's expected of them
  • not feeling valued
  • being left without any support

A good way of overcoming some of these difficulties, and encouraging people to stay involved with Scouts for longer, is to plan an induction period for new volunteers.

Welcome and induction resources

Key Line Manager Induction

Take a look at our resources, tools and tips to support new Group Scout Leaders, District Explorer Scout Commissioner's (DESC) and District Commissioners through their first year in post

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Welcome Pack Template

An Adult Volunteer Welcome Pack is something useful within the broader welcome we give our volunteers. You can download a template pack below that you may like as a starting point.