Roles For Volunteers

Roles For Volunteers

We Need Volunteers!

We are lucky enough to have our own great facilities at our hut in Alder Road, and all the sections benefit from using this building. However, as you can guess, we need something more important in addition to the physical facilities. The Group needs “people” assets to thrive and to provide the outstanding Scouting experience that 2nd Mortlake aims to deliver for all its young members.

Any Scout Group draws on the resources and skills of its community and in particular the parents and their families. We are often asked what can I do to help? What do you need? Some people would like to help at section meetings while others are interested in assisting in other ways and want to know what else is required or how they could contribute.

Can you or someone you know spare some time to help the Group? Even if it is once a month or less we would be very grateful. All our sections are always looking for new helpers if you feel you are up for a challenge. If you are concerned about the time commitment, don’t worry, our aim is to create flexible volunteering opportunities to suit the time you have available.

Although we have a fantastic team of section leaders and volunteers superbly lead by Keith, we still have openings for a number of important roles within the Group which we outline below. Some of the roles would work well for people who have spare time during the day or even on a few evenings over the year. Some of them may suit retired or younger people.

Open Roles

Currently these are some of the roles we are looking to fill:

  1. Cub Scout Leader/ Assistant Cub Scout Leader
  2. Squirrels Leader/ Assistant Squirrels Leader
  3. Assistant Section Leaders
  4. Equipment Manager (Quartermaster)

1. Cub Scout Leader/ Assistant Cub Scout Leader

Cub Scouts are our second most senior members, boys and girls aged 8 to 10 1/2 years old. Cubs meet weekly to to take part in a wide range of activities including swimming, music, exploring, computing and collecting, along with many outdoor events.

Following our successful opening of a second Beaver Colony we need to open a second Cub Pack to allow the new Beavers to continue their adventures in Scouting as they get older. Therefore we are looking for individuals who would welcome this opportunity to help create a new section from scratch. This is an exciting role involves working with a small team to create & deliver of an exciting programme for the section members. The Group will provide strong support to the volunteers.You will not only benefit from supporting young people, but also from gaining new skills which are applicable to your everyday working life.

2. Squirrels Leader/ Assistant Squirrels Leader

Squirrels are the newest addition to the Scouting family. The programme was formally launched in 2021 and is for young people aged between 4 to 6 years old. We are therefore looking to open a Squirrels section and so we need volunteers to launch the new provision.

If you are interested in helping as part of a team to plan and deliver the Squirrels programme then please contact us. You will be helping young people to learn new skills, make new friends and to learn to stand on their own two feet. No two weeks will be the same and the impact you make will be great. Full support will be given by the Group as we launch the new section.

3. Assistant Section Leaders

We are always looking for Assistant Section Leaders in all our age groups – Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. Assistant Leaders help the Section Leader deliver the section’s programme, including helping to plan and run the weekly meetings with the other members of the section leaders team.

If you are looking to take your first step to be a Scout Leader then this is the role for you. You will learn new skills and gain satisfaction in helping young people make the most of their time in Scouting. The Section Leader will support you to complete your training as part of the role.

4. Equipment Manager (Quartermaster)

The Quartermaster role is really vital to helping a Scout Group run effectively. Scout Groups get up to all sorts of exciting activities, and we have lots of equipment that needs looking after. This can include camping equipment (tents, stoves, shelters, lamps, etc.) to games equipment in order to run sections each week, to cooking equipment (pots and pans etc). As quartermaster it would be your job to ensure you keep an accurate inventory of this equipment, and seek approval to purchase new equipment, or repair it when necessary.

You would have close connections with the Scout Group’s Manager (the Group Scout Leader) and Section Leaders who need access to the equipment for Camps or particular activities. The role might suit someone who previous looked after or maintained camping or hiking equipment or who currently participates or is interested in these activities.

Getting Started

Everyone helping out with the 2nd Mortlake Scout Group is a volunteer and we know from personal experience that volunteering can be a rich and rewarding experience and fun too! Remember our aim is to create flexible volunteering opportunities to suit the time you have available. If you want to dip you toe in the water, don’t hesitate – join the fun!

Talk to one of the section leaders or contact Keith by email on enquiries@2ndmortlakescouts.org.uk.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls