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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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Safety and life issues

Safety and life issues

Young people thrive in secure surroundings. And as leader of the Pack, you're responsible for keeping your Cubs safe while they're in your care.

For anything you plan, you'll need to abide by our safety guidelines and minimum ratios.

Minimum of 2 adults present



Outdoor activities held away from the usual meeting place
1 adult to 8 Cubs, plus the leader in charge
Nights Away (led by Nights Away Permit Holder)
1 adult to 8 cubs, plus the leader in charge (with at least 2 adults present overnight)

We have lots of information and tools available to help you keep your Cubs safe - covering everything from adventurous activities to risk assessments. Your training will include safety and safeguarding. You can also contact the Scout Support Centre with any questions. 


Giving support

Cub leaders aren’t teachers or counsellors, and families and schools are usually the first port of call for dealing with many of the issues young people face. However, the Cubs you’ll be volunteering with are inevitably at an age where they’ll be adapting to lots of changes in their lives, and you may find yourself in a situation where they approach you seeking advice and support on something that’s bothering them.


It's your duty to report all safeguarding concerns as a matter of urgency, following the correct process.  All adults must carry our Yellow Card at all times.

We’ve put together guidance covering everything from bullying to bereavement, to divorce and mental health, so you know what to do if any of these topics crop up. They'll help you support your young people in the moment, but also point anyone who asks for help in the direction of expert advice when necessary. You can access this guidance.

For general advice on issues facing young people, please contact Childline or its parent charity NSPCC.