Why We Love Volunteering...

Posted January 23, 2017 Scouts-Volunteering

Adult volunteers are an integral part of The Scout Association, without them its younger members would not have access to the opportunities to enjoy new adventures; to experience the outdoors; interact with others, gain confidence and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

SHARE YOUR STORY FOR A CHANCE TO WIN…
We’d love to hear why you volunteer. Share your reasons with us now on Twitter using #TPvolunteer and we’ll enter you into a prize draw to win* a copy of Baden Powell’s book – Scouting for Boys.

Enter now → https://twitter.com/tpukscouts

OUR STORIES
We know how rewarding it is to be an adult member of The Scout Association as we volunteer too. Meet some of the Travel Places staff that are involved in Scouting outside of the Travel Places office and read their stories...

“I have been a volunteer for 1st Henfield cub pack for 7 years, on my first night I turned up dressed as a witch for Halloween. Despite the numerous hours spent on planning, paperwork, Health and Safety and risk assessments, not to mention the pack meetings, I do love it. My favourite moments are camps when you get to know the young people so much more as you are spending a lot of time with them , we allow no technology on camp, so they spend time out in the fresh air, playing in the woods, building dens, and team games plus various activities like abseiling and rock climbing. Seeing a cub overcome their fears is the most amazing feeling, we have had several afraid of heights who we have managed to convince to abseil, the look of pride on their faces when they have done it is priceless. We always say that if a cub doesn’t go home from camp tired, dirty and smelly they haven’t had a very good camp!! Nothing beats a grubby cubby in our eyes!!”

Sally Birch – Accounts Department

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“It was with 8th Worthing Sea Scouts that I first started kayaking many years ago as a youngster, I loved it then and after a long time out of the sport I returned to it as an adult and have been a qualified coach for the last 8 years or so.

Our Canoe club is based at a 3rd Sea Shoreham Scout centre, there is a lot of demand on my time with family and work etc. but being able to assist at coaching sessions as an Occasional Helper is perfect for me and helping to introduce young people into the sport I am passionate about is personally rewarding. One of my daughters has just ‘jumped ship’ moving from Brownies to the 8th Worthing Sea Scouts and I over the next few years I am looking forward to getting more involved, and sharing my knowledge.”

Darren Davies – School Education Tours Department

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“I was brought up back in Wales as a Girl Guide (Girls weren’t allowed to be Scouts back then).My mum was the local guide leader and we often partnered up with the local Scout group for activities. I joined Rangers once I was old enough and completed a number of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards along the way.

I got to know more about The Scout Association (TSA) and the volunteering opportunities available through my role at Travel Places. I have worked alongside the TSA for 8 years now and I will never forget my first experience of an international WOSM Scouting event – I travelled to Kenya for the 13th World Scout Moot. It was an incredible experience and I felt an extremely proud to play a small part in facilitating these ‘life changing experiences. I have been really inspired and humbled by the amazing Scout’s I have met through my work.

More recently I have begun volunteering with a local Scout group near where I live, as an Assistant Scout Leader. I love the fact that with Scouts you are welcomed and accepted for who you are – it is like one big family. Even after a hard day at work, spending time with these youngsters soon put’s a smile on your face.”

Emily Hill – Scouts Department


*Terms and conditions apply. Competition ends 5pm on 31st January 2017.

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