Wharfedale District Scouts

Wharfedale District

Wharfedale District Scout Council - Charity Number 524827

West Yorkshire County

Adult Volunteer Appointments


Why would you want to do this? Well, the 130 or so adult volunteers in the District all keep coming back for many reasons but among them they:


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There are many ways for an adult volunteer to help with Scouting. Within Wharfedale District there are opportunities to help in all the following roles:


Leaders and Assistant Leaders

Section Assistants

Parent Helpers

Executive Committee Members and Officers

Group Scout Leaders

Training Advisors

Skills Instructors

Scout Active Support Members


These roles are explained below and comprehensive training is provided. The appointment process is described here. If you are interested in finding out more please click here to arrange an informal chat.

All these appointments are subject to satisfactory CRB clearance.

Leaders and Assistant Leaders

Every section (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network) has a Leader. The Leader has overall responsibility for the running of the section. This means planning and delivering the Balanced Programme with the help of Assistant Leaders and section Assistants.

Section Leaders can choose to lead one of the following sections:



Leaders are responsible for the young people in the section and for any adults helping to deliver the Programme.


Assistant Leaders support the section Leader in delivering the Balanced Programme. This can mean anything from helping to plan and run games or activities, or helping to keep records up to date. The responsibilities of an Assistant Leader will depend on their own interests and on what they agree with the Leader.


Assistant Leaders are supported by section Assistants, as well as by other Assistant Leaders.


There is a training commitment to achieve a Wood Badge within 3 years of appointment, see Training for more details.


Section Assistants

All our sections need helpers. Outdoor activities and nights away require a certain number of adults in relation to the number of young people. So by helping out whenever they can, section Assistants could be enabling an extra 6 (in the case of Beavers) or 12 (in the case of Scouts) young people to participate in Scouting.


More importantly, section Assistants provide invaluable support to Leaders and Assistant Leaders. Regularly attending meetings to collect subs (fees) or to make refreshments means that the Leaders have more time to deliver the programme to young people.


The training level required for this role is Modules 1 & 3


Parent Helpers

Parents and family members are encouraged, where possible, to help out a section in some way. Some sections will organise rotas where support can be given once or twice a term by all the parents in the section. This should be used as an opportunity to get involved in what the young people are doing.


Adults who have a specific skill or interest can also choose to run a particular activity or event one evening a term. Such skills are invaluable to Scout Groups and can usually assist young people in gaining, or working towards, a particular badge.



Executive Committee Members and Officers

Every Group and District has an Executive Committee to support and assist the work of the Group or District. They will ensure that there are adequate premises in which to meet and help with fundraising. The committee will also have an input to planning the future development of the Group or District. There is usually a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer together with parent members and they will work with the relevant Commissioner or Group Scout Leader to ensure the Scout District or Group operates in accordance with the Policy, Organisation and Rules of the Association.


This is the ideal role for adults who do not necessarily wish to work directly with young people, but who are committed to the purpose, aims and development of Scouting.


Training Module 1 is required.



Group Scout Leaders

The Group Scout Leader (GSL) ensures the effective operation of the Scout Group. The Scout Group consists of the three younger sections – Beavers (aged 6-8), Cubs (aged 8-10½) and Scouts (aged 10½-14).


The Group Scout Leader is responsible for ensuring that the Group has a team of ‘fit and proper’ adults who are well inducted and supported, and that a Balanced Programme is being delivered to all young people in the Group.


A Group Scout Leader is responsible for all Leaders and Assistant Leaders in the Scout Group. This means that it is the ideal role for someone who is interested in working with both adults and young people.


This appointment carries a training commitment to achieve the Manager Wood Badge. Click for details.



Training Advisors

Training Advisers work with other adults, making sure that they have the knowledge and skills to be effective in their roles. They act to support adults in their training by explaining how the Scout Association’s Adult Training Scheme works, by agreeing Personal Learning Plans, validating the relevant modules and by keeping records of their progress.


There is a special training module for this role, Module 25.



Scout Active Support

Need a flexible way to join Scouting that fits around you and your busy lifestyle? Why not try Scout Active Support. No prior experience in Scouting or Guiding is required, just a willingness to volunteer some time to support Scouting. A Scout Active Support Unit is a group of like minded adults who offer support to Scouting in some way. This could be:


Module 1 is a requirement.



Skills Instructors

If you have a skill - one of the hundreds which are covered by the balance programme, you might enjoy passing it on to the next generation. This might be something which is covered only annually in the programme planned by the section leaders, or you could get involved at an activity centre teaching young people to sail for example throughout the season.


Young Leader (14-18)

The Young Leaders’ Scheme is designed for those aged 14-18 who are primarily interested in helping out in one of the younger sections (Beavers, Cubs or Scouts).


Young Leaders will be members of the Explorer Scout section, which means that they can take part in all the activities and opportunities that Scouting in the Explorer Unit or District has to offer. There is a special training scheme for Young Leaders.