We Scout - But why should you?
Try over 200 activities from archery and acting to street sports and zorbing, being a Scout gives you the chance to get stuck into loads of activities you wouldn’t normally get to do.
Chief Scout Bear Grylls says life is about grabbing opportunities! We agree! Above everything else, Scouting is all about enjoying yourself, whatever you're doing – and there'll always be plenty to do!
As a Scout, you get to explore the big outdoors and travel to new places and try new things. Sounds better than being stuck in the house with nothing to do, right?
Learn exciting things
Not many people know about the stars at night, how to sail a dinghy or make a sausage stew on a campfire, but you soon will! Scouting helps you learn lots of new and amazing skills – and you get to earn badges and rewards along the way.
What if I don’t have that much spare time?
Volunteering with us is easy, fun and flexible – how much time you give is completely up to you. Whether you help out once a fortnight, month or term or just at special events or camps, there is bound to be a role you can play, and no matter how you get involved, we'll make sure you're properly trained and supported.
Do I really have the skills you need?
You don’t have to be an adventurer like Bear Grylls to get involved with Scouting. Do you have first aid knowledge? Are you good with numbers? Handy in the kitchen? Or are you a DIY whizz? We all have useful skills and you can volunteer and help in many ways.
When can they join?
Each of the sections has its own age limits but essentially from 6-24 as a "member" and 18-118 as a Leader/Helper.
What will I get out of volunteering?
As well as gaining externally recognised skills and having a brilliant time, Scouting also offers the chance to build on personal skills, like teamwork, confidence and leadership. A study found that over 90% of our volunteers believe that the skills and experiences they have gained through Scouting have been of relevance to their working or personal lives.
How much does it cost?
Again this varies section by section, Beavers and Cubs are less expensive than Scouts and Explorers because they use less resources.
The costs can be broken down as follows:
Annual membership fee - this is paid termly and covers, Insurance, Utilities, Equipment etc
Summer Camp fees - these vary by section but Scout camp for two weeks is around £300 and Explorer camp for a week is around £220
One off activities - Weekend camps (free to £30), Draycote sailing (£10 per day) and other activities vary but we are not paying salaries so its as cheep as its going to get.
My child is in Scouting – is there anything I could do to help?
The short answer is yes. Many of our helpers and leaders are parents of our youth members because they’ve seen firsthand how Scouting benefits young people and want to give something back. It’s also a chance to spend more time with your children and learn new skills. Speak to your child’s leader to discuss how you might become involved.
Are there any age restrictions on helping out?
If you're over 18, you can help as an adult volunteer in Scouting. There is no upper age limit for adult volunteers. If you are aged between 14 to 18, there is the option of becoming a Young Leader.
How will they benefit?
Parents tell us their children benefit hugely from the adventures, fun and friendships they experience. It can help develop your child’s social skills and independence, and give them access to some amazing and memorable opportunities.
Why is there a waiting list?
Nationally due to a shortage of volunteers there are currently 30,000 young people waiting to join the Scouts. The waiting list for 2nd Warwick is due to a number of factors; Space was our biggest, however we have now opened our new HQ and started a new Beaver colony and Cub Pack. the number of adult volunteers to support the sections – why not help out? Whatever your skills and availability, there will be some way you can contribute, meaning more young people get to experience the adventure of Scouting.