We are nothing,

without our

volunteers . . .

Everyday adventure is possible thanks to our adult volunteers, who support the Group in a wide range of roles from working directly with young people to helping manage our Group by being a charity Trustee. Scouting has always been a voluntary youth movement, and our Scout Group is entirely run by and supported by these volunteers! Wedmore Scout Group has gone from strength to strength over the recent years as we are fortunate in having a dedicated bunch of people who have achieved this. To compensate for this, we help our volunteers get the most out of their Scouting experiences by providing opportunities for adventure, training, fun, and friendship.

Why not join us? - help make

scouting awesome

From the Leaders who plan and run the weekly programme for the different sections, the parents and local people who give up some time to support the Group through our Executive Committee - all of them are volunteers! For this reason, we are always keen to find new volunteers, so that we can continue to deliver exciting and challenging programmes of activities to young people in and around Wedmore.

Want to know what it takes to be a Leader

that can develop young people into

‘awesome scouts’? - then have a look at this

six-minute video on YouTube - “Watch out

for the scouts”

Whether you can commit to coming every week as a Leader or help out occasionally, please get in touch with one of our Section Leaders or our Group Scout Leader. Perhaps you have a particular skill or hobby you think may be of interest to the Beavers, Cubs or Scouts? Or maybe you'd like to assist with supporting the Group by organising fundraising events?

We'd love to hear from you.

Share your knowledge

You may feel that you have no skills to offer Scouting - but everyone has something to give. If you don't have time in the evenings when the sections meet, you could use your work or hobby skills to help out. Helping in this way does not involve any responsibility for the management of the Section. If you can't manage this, there is always a need for ad-hoc support on specific occasions; fund-raising events, repairing equipment, etc. On the other hand, you may have special skills to be a Skills Instructors to provide more specialised support, climbing, caving, etc. - or even becoming a Leader.

Everyone has something to give

Volunteering in Scouting is fun and rewarding - you will have the chance to learn new skills, rediscover adventure, make new friends, spend more time with your child and give something back to your community.

The main roles in Scouting are:

Occasional Helper

Helping at meetings, more than once a month, on a semi-regular basis. - this is not a formal appointment, so there are no training requirements

Section Assistant

Running games and activities and helping young people achieve badges and awards - involves becoming a member of the Scout Movement and completing five short online introductory training modules that provide all adults in Scouting with the essential information needed to get started

Assistant Section Leader

Helping the Section Leader to organise and run the programme for the section - involves becoming a member of the Scout Movement and completing a series of short mandatory and role-specific training modules, some of which are available online.

Section Leader

Responsible for planning, organising and running the programme for the section - involves becoming a member of the Scout Movement and completing a series of short mandatory and role-specific training modules, some of which are available online. All adults who come into regular contact with young people are required by law to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS), which helps prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. This Disclosure Check, which is subject to renewal at five-yearly intervals, includes all Leaders, Assistants and Occasional Helpers, and the Group Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. Additionally, the Group encourages all parents who may have contact with young members, especially those attending camps, to be DBS Checked; as this provides greater flexibility when arranging help with activities

The Executive Committee looks after

the Group

Parents with particular expertise that could assist the Executive Committee, for example, simple accountancy knowledge, secretarial skills or fundraising experience, can make an active contribution to the Group by offering their services. The Committee supports the Group Scout Leader and is responsible for raising funds and the administration of Group finances, the maintenance of Group property, and the insurance of persons, property, and equipment. It is a collection of individuals, each with their own and sometimes different views, which is a strength that often leads to even better ideas. Key appointments are the Group Chairman, Treasurer and the Secretary, without which the Group cannot operate. Ideally, there should be a parent from each of the Sections in the Group on the Committee. All of these Group Executive Committee members are the recognised 'Charity Trustees' of the Scout Group. The Group Scout Leader and Section Leaders are ex Officio members. The Committee's size and frequency of meetings depend very much on the circumstances and day-to-day needs of the Group.
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