Most Leaders are parents of Cub Scouts and Scouts, and as their children grow older and move into the next section, this creates an on-going need for new leaders to be trained. Each Section should have at least three leaders and, ideally, four or five leaders, and to that end, we have a constant ‘succession plan’, where brand-new leaders-in-training are mentored by experienced leaders for several months, to enable a smooth hand-over.
“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. In Cub Scouts there is one overnight weekend per year (the Pack Holiday), and usually one day-excursion or outdoor activity each term. In Scouts there is usually one camp and/or outdoor activity each term.
“I was never in Scouts or Guides myself”
No prior knowledge is assumed, or necessary. Fathers and mothers are 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’d 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 phone 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!