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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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Role descriptions

Role descriptions are designed to help you in the process of recruiting adults.

You should read the role descriptions as part of the six steps of recruitment, initially in step one to help you decide the tasks you need doing, and then in steps five and six in discussion with the individual you've asked as your 'best choice'.

They're designed to be simple to use, with space available to write in 'specific' or local responsibilities, helping you and the individual to know and understand their role before they agree to take the role on. They aren't a prescriptive list, but an outline of the main tasks. You can add or remove tasks, depending on what you agree with the individual concerned.

We're collecting examples of good role descriptions you are using locally. If you'd like to share yours, please get in touch via

Agreeing a role

When an adult takes on a new role in Scouts, it's important to agree both what the adult will do for Scouts and what Scouts will do for them. This is known as 'mutual agreement' or 'agreeing the role'.

Group Roles

Within our Scout Sections, there are a number of adult volunteer leadership roles and associated support roles.

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Adult roles in training

There are a number of adult roles in training, both on a county level and more locally.

Discover the sample role descriptions for roles in adult training >
District Roles

There are a number of volunteer roles available at a District level.

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National Board of Trustees

Learn more about the trustee role description.

Discover more about trustees >
Trustee Roles

There are a number of key roles within the Trustee Board.

County/Area Roles

There are a number of volunteer roles available at a County/Area level.

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Scout Active Support Unit (SASU) Volunteer Roles

These volunteer roles are instrumental in the setup and running of a Scout Active Support Unit (SASU).

Discover the SASU roles >
DofE Volunteer Roles

We need volunteers to help young people to complete their DofE Award.

Discover the Duke of Edinburgh Volunteer Roles >
Scout Network Roles

Find out more about the support roles available in Scout Network.

Discover the roles >
UK Rep Pool

The UK Rep Pool's a collection of 18 to 25 year olds from around the UK. They're trained to represent the UK Scout Association at events in the UK and abroad.

Find out more about the Rep Pool >