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So, how does one become a Scout Leader?

The best unpaid job in the world

This is a quick guide to how to become a scout leader in our group. But essentially the process is the same for all groups in the UK.

Working with Scouts in all the sections is hugely rewarding and you will be joining a well established and managed team at 1st Liss.

Step 1 – Is scouting for you?

Decide on your motivations. Why do you want to be involved Scouting? How much free time do you have to give to Scouting (don’t worry if you don’t have much – there are roles to suit you however much or little free time you can spend Scouting!)? Do you have any special skills? What do you expect in return?

The answer to these questions shouldn’t put you off: Scouting has many many roles to suit you whoever you are and whatever your skills, interests and however much time you have to volunteer!

Step 2 – Which age group do you want to work with

Which section/age group would you prefer to work with?

  • Beavers: 6-8 years old
  • Cubs: 8-10½ years old
  • Scouts: 10½-14 years old
  • Explorers: 14-18 years old
  • None of the above – there are many non-Leader roles in Scouting too, including becoming part of an Active Support Unit

Each Section has their own specific needs and different people are better suited to different Sections – and you can always move between Sections at a later date if you change your mind!

Step 3 – Contacting Us

So you now know why you want to volunteer as a Scout Leader and have an idea about which section(s) you want to volunteer with. Now you need to contact your local Scouting!

There are a multitude of ways to do this if you would like to volunteer with 1st Liss you can use our Membership Enquiry Form and select Adult Role. Or you can fill in a form at instead to be put in contact with your local group.

Step 4 – Initial Meeting

Once you have contacted us or your local Scouting representatives, you will usually be contacted back pretty quickly.

We will want to meet you to discuss the role you want to undertake and you may want to visit different sections to meet the teams and see the programme they run.

Step 5 – Paperwork

Once everyone is happy with your role, you will need to complete a Adult information form (including details of referees) and we will arrange an Enhanced DBS check; this is because Leaders and other Adult Members may have unsupervised access to young people, and safety comes first!

Shortly after this has been completed, you should be able to start volunteering!

Step 6 – Appointment

Once all the forms are complete and returned, there is one final administrative step (though you can start volunteering before this step is completed). This is the Appointments Advisory Committee – and it’s not as scary as it sounds! Your Scouting “line manager” will explain this to you before it your appointment, but it is usually a short discussion with other people involved in local Scouting to ensure that everyone (including you!) are happy with the role you are doing.

Step 7 – Training

By now, you are involved in Scouting and hopefully very much enjoying it! But in order to move your appointment from “provisional” to “full”, there is one final step to take within your first five months.

As Scouting is committed to ensuring that both our Adult and Youth Members are safe, there are three compulsory “Getting Started” training modules which can be completed online and validated by a Training Advisor who will be assigned to you.:

  • Module 1 – Essential Information
  • Module 2 – Personal Learning Plan
  • Module 3 – Tools for the Job

Step 8 – Your in

Congratulations! You are now a full Adult Member in Scouting!

I promise that it isn’t as arduous as it sounds!