Hello everyone, my name is Ben and I am Group Scout Leader of 1st Haynes and Wilstead Scout Group. I have been involved in the scouting movement since I was 8 where I joined as a Cub Scout. I continued my scouting journey through Scouts and eventually Explorers where I became a young leader. I started the young leader’s scheme alongside my DofE volunteering when I was 14, at the start I mainly helped out at Beavers but as my confidence grew I started to support the scout section too.

Throughout the young leaders scheme I became more and more involved with the Beaver section leadership by planning and delivering my own sessions.When I turned 18 last year I took on adult roles in the Scout and Beaver section. I then became GSL in March of this year when the need arose. I decided that I was going to continue in an adult role quite early on in the young leader’s scheme, I could see that what I was doing made a big difference to the young people.

Volunteering is a way for me to give others the same enjoyable experiences I had as a young person in scouting. Having young adults involved in scouting brings different ideas to groups and a different perspective, this is essential for keeping young people engaged. If you are a young adult thinking of volunteering, don’t see your age as a barrier to shaping the adults of tomorrow!The scouting association is currently running the #SkillsForLife strategy, this is a big part of why I volunteer with scouting. In scouting young people learn transferable skills which can be used in all walks of life.

As well as developing the young people’s skills, running or assisting at sessions helps to develop your personal skills, whether these be new or existing. This valuable experience can be applied outside of scouting in many different ways, this is just one of the reasons why scouting is #GoodForYou !

There is no better way to bring a smile to your face than when a young person leaves a session and tells everyone about what they’ve learnt or how much fun they had.If volunteering is something that you are interested in, I would encourage you to get in contact with your local group.

Volunteering with the Scouts is an excellent way to utilise your existing skills and to pass these on to the young people. There are so many different roles in scouting that can work around your work and family commitments from Group Scout Leader to Group Administrator. Get in touch today to find a role that’s #GoodForYou .

I hope to welcome you to the team soon!Ben Whittle – 1st Haynes And Wilstead Scout Group