Adult volunteers

Join our team and be part of Scouting as you develop your own skills in the great outdoors. Police record check and screening required.

  • Program leader: Program Scouters work directly with the young people to create the Scouting program. You will develop your own skills in the great outdoors and be a positive role model for young people.
  • Support roles: Assist with fundraising, event coordination, publicity, etc.

Screening

To ensure the safety of all members, all adult volunteers must complete a rigorous volunteer screening process The screening process includes:

  • Police Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Completion of the Application for Adult Membership
  • Checks with four personal references
  • A structured personal interview

All new adult members will fill their positions on a trial basis for a period of four months. In this probationary period, the new adult volunteer is permitted to work with children only when under close supervision of an invested adult member. Once this probationary period has been successfully completed, the new member may be invested.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone is required to act with due consideration for the safety of others and to report any safety concerns.

Training

Volunteers are provided with training opportunities appropriate to their Scouting role in the form of training courses and on-the-job training. The training program for Scouters is called Wood Badge. Training begins with the Introduction to Scouting course. This is followed by Wood Badge Part I. Upon completion, they wear the Gilwell woggle as part of their uniform. Completion of further training earns Wood Badge Part II, which is recognized with the Gilwell necker and the Wood Badge, which is a necklace with two beads. (There are two levels of trainer qualification recognized with three and four beads.) In addition to program training, Scouters take skills training in specific areas such as first aid, water safety, canoeing, outdoor skills, etc.