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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.

Finding opportunities for young people 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

Helping people

  • 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

Community action and raising awareness

  • Campaigning
  • Cyber safety
  • Council representation
  • Drug and alcohol education
  • Home accident prevention
  • Neighbourhood watch
  • Peer education
  • Personal safety promotion and PR
  • Road safety

Working with the environment or animals

  • 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


  • 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

Leading a voluntary organisation group

Examples include:

  • Girls’ Venture Corps
  • Sea Cadets
  • Air Cadets
  • Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade
  • St John Ambulance
  • Scouts 
  • Air Training Corps
  • Army Cadet Force
  • Boys’ Brigade 
  • CCF
  • Church Lads’ & Girls’ Brigade
  • Girlguiding UK
  • Girls’ Brigade
  • Sports leadership
  • Music tuition

DofE Ideas

Visit the DofE website for extra guidance, programme planning resources and ideas

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