Scouting offers adults a host of rewarding opportunities to help make a difference in young people’s lives. You’re never too old to join the adventurous life of Scouting, even if you haven’t been involved before.
Young adults, of 18 to 25, can also join Rovers for some amazing challenges and adventures. If a leadership role isn’t for you, there are many other ways to get involved in the world’s largest youth movement, such as the Victorian Scout Foundation and Friends of Scouting.
There are also endless opportunities for all adults over 18 who step up into roles as Scout Leaders. Many of our 3500 Adult Leaders are parents of members, but many are just energetic people who thrive in a positive, supportive atmosphere and enjoy helping young people be the best they can.
The personal satisfaction of helping young people to achieve their goals is immense, and your sense of personal achievement when you help them through a hurdle is nearly as strong as theirs!
Where else can you take part in abseiling, rock climbing, scuba diving, and countless other adventurous activities with wonderful company and low costs?
Scouting Leaders have incredible travel opportunities, interstate and overseas, to share discoveries with youth members.
And you’re never alone, with thousands of fellow Leaders to turn to in a giant, supportive network of friends.
“What’s in it for me?”
It’s a great opportunity for you to share time with your child – watching them learn new skills, grow in confidence, and achieve badges, meeting their friends and being able to take an active interest in this area of their life. It’s also a chance to make new friends, offer others the benefit of your life experiences, and contribute to your local community.
“Exactly what is involved?”
There is almost no financial outlay in becoming a Leader, (in fact Leader’s children pay a discounted annual membership fee) and the Group pays for all leader uniforms, books/resources and training. The time cost is manageable – weekly attendance is necessary but with three or more Leaders, each can have an occasional night off. There are generally 10 nights per term, with additional time needed for planning and preparation.
“I was never in Scouts or Guides myself”
No prior knowledge is assumed, or necessary. Everyone is welcome. All training, resources, program ideas and game books are provided. The other leaders will help you. As well as some on the job training, basic training is provided consisting of three stages: a two to three hour seminar, a Skills Day on a Saturday or Sunday, and then a two-weekend training course. Training sessions are held continuously throughout the year, so it’s easy to find a convenient date to attend.
“Is it hard?”
It’s a lot easier than you think! The kids are there because they want to be, they have all promised to keep to a code of conduct (the Scout Promise and Law), you have the backing of the Scout Association and its well proven programs, and the support of your Group Leader, fellow leaders and the District team.
“How do I start?”
Please email the Group Leader or speak to any of the other Leaders, expressing your interest. We are very supportive of newcomers.
You might like to volunteer to be on the Parent Roster, or join us for a few Cub Scout Pack meetings, or Scout Troop nights or a camp to see what you’re getting into – before you make a decision. Please, don’t be shy or leave it until next year! We need you – now!