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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

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There are lots of different volunteering options within Scouts – including being a young leader or adult volunteer delivering adventurous activities – and in the wider community. You'll need complete the appropriate training modules if you're volunteering within Scouts: including a minimum of Module A of the Young Leaders' Scheme or the Getting Started modules of the Adult Training Scheme, depending on how old you are. 

For Young Leaders, this needs to be evidenced on eDofE for the first level of award - this could be a certificate, a comment from their Leader or for it to be mentioned in the assessor report. This also means we are complying with our responsibilities under Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR) and ensures our young volunteers understand their responsibilities.

Please note while we encourage young leaders/adult volunteers to complete additional modules for subsequent levels of the award, this is not a requirement. 

If you cannot access modules locally or need support please email 

Finding opportunities if you're under 16 can be tricky, though. And aligning these with to specific interests and goals may take a little while, so it's always wise to start searching early.

The DofE opportunity finder is a great place to begin: it's jam-packed with opportunities listed by Approved Activity Providers or Licensed Organisations for the DofE.

Volunteering ideas

  • Scouts 
  • Girls’ Venture Corps
  • Sea Cadets
  • Air Cadets
  • Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade
  • St John Ambulance
  • Air Training Corps
  • Army Cadet Force
  • Boys’ Brigade 
  • CCF
  • Church Lads’ & Girls’ Brigade
  • Girlguiding UK
  • Girls’ Brigade
  • Sports leadership
  • Music tuition
  • Animal welfare
  • Climate change action and awareness
  • Environment
  • Rural conservation
  • Preserving waterways
  • Working at an animal rescue centre
  • Litter picking
  • Urban conservation
  • Beach and coastline conservation
  • Zoo/farm/nature reserve work (excluding private companies such as Vets)
  • Helping a charity or community organisation
  • Helping children
  • Helping children to read in libraries
  • Helping in medical services (eg Hospitals)
  • Helping older people
  • Helping people in need
  • Helping people with additional needs
  • Tutoring
  • Young carer work
  • Youth work
  • Campaigning
  • Cyber safety
  • Council representation
  • Drug and alcohol education
  • Home accident prevention
  • Neighbourhood watch
  • Peer education
  • Personal safety promotion and PR
  • Road safety
  • Being a charity intern
  • Being a volunteer lifeguard
  • Event management
  • Fundraising Mountain rescue
  • Serving a faith community
  • Supporting a charity
  • Working in a charity shop
  • Coaching, teaching and leadership
  • Dance leadership
  • DofE Leadership Group leadership
  • Head student
Volunteering checklist:
  • You've agreed your activity with your leader before getting started and you've found a suitable assessor
  • You're volunteering hours average at an hour a week
  • You're volunteering for a charity, not for profit or community interest company
  • You'll be able to show progression over your time volunteering
Young people doing a beach clean

Leader Notes

  • Whichever activity they choose needs to be approved by their DofE leader first
  • Training shouldn't take up more than a quarter of their volunteering time
  • They can't volunteer for a private company and they should avoid taking on volunteering roles which would take the place of a paid one
  • They'll need complete to the appropriate training modules if they're volunteering within Scouts: including a minimum of Module A of the Young Leaders' Scheme or the getting started modules of the Adult Training Scheme, depending on how old they are
  • They should be given a copy of the Orange Card (Young People First for Young Leaders) and be made aware of the resources available to them if they're volunteering as an Explorer Scout Young


Young People First

The Orange Card is a code of practice for young people. As Scouts, it's our policy to safeguard the welfare of all members by protecting them from neglect and from physical, sexual and emotional harm.

Current opportunities available for the Volunteering Section

Young people choose activities for each section of the DofE that are specific and relevant to them. Here is a list of activities and opportunities that are currently being offered to help create your individual DofE programme.

Some opportunities on this page are external to Scouting. Participants/parents/carers booking onto any opportunities should confirm the opportunity meets the criteria of the section they are completing and should follow policies and procedures if the provider as well as following Scouting Safeguarding guidelines.

Staying safe and safeguarding | Scouts

Following rules and policy | Scouts

If you have an opportunity you think would benefit others and would like to share, please send the details to

Applications are open for the 2024/25 DofE Youth Ambassadors. This is a great opportunity for your DofE Volunteering Section. 

UK Youth Ambassadors are advocates for the DofE and want to inspire others. They are enthusiastic about sharing their stories and ensuring youth voices are heard. They’re collaborators, looking to work with other like-minded people from across the UK.

They are both positive and solution-focused, with an interest in tackling issues which are affecting society, and are determined to make a positive, lasting change, both within the DofE and in the wider world.

Sound like you? Read more about the work the DofE UK Youth Ambassadors do and find out how to apply to the 2024-25 programme here DofE Youth Ambassadors

Applications close midday Thursday 2nd May.

Application criteria:

  • Aged 16-24 at point of application
  • Achieved a minimum of one level of your DofE Award (Bronze / Silver / Gold)
  • Passionate about the DofE and happy to share your experiences with others
  • A team player who wants to work alongside other Award holders from across the UK
  • Open to sharing your views and interested in discussing key issues that affect your generation
  • Have enough time to commit to the role (approximately 4-6 hours per month over a 12-month period, with weekly updates)
  • Available to attend monthly online sessions running on Thursday evenings
  • If you are under 18, have consent from your parent or carer to apply

DofE Opportunity Finder

The DofE have lots of opportunities for each section on their website

Find an opportunity here

Ideas for Activities

The DofE have ideas for activities for all sections on their website

Find ideas here

Funding opportunities

Check out the details of available funding, eligibility criteria and how to apply on the DofE website.

Find funding here