What the role involves
You will lead a small team of volunteers in operation of the Beaver Colony which is the section for our youngest members who are aged 6 – 8 years . In particular:
How much time do I have to commit?
It would be really great if you are able to make most Colony evenings and there is no need to make an open ended commitment. We are flexible to how long you want to do the role for and can agree a fixed period of time. At the end of this time period, you can continue in the same role, agree a new role or step down depending on your circumstances and available time.
We recognise that you may have other commitments, therefore we operate a flexible volunteering policy based around how much time you are able to give us, even if that is only 1 evening a month on a regular basis it would be great to have you as part of our team. A significant number of adults taking on a Leader role do so for between 2 and 5 years, others stay until their child(ren) move on from the Group whilst others because of the enjoyment they get out of it stay on for more than 10 years. It all comes down to what time and for how you feel you can commitment to Scouting, we will work with you to help make the role fit around your availability as best as we can.
Is previous experience needed?
No. You do not need any previous experience of Scouting, or Guiding, as training and support will be provided. The Group Scout Leader will support you and ensure that you get the training you need to feel comfortable in the role and being able to deliver a safe and exciting programme for the Beavers.
Scouting has a core set of training that Team members will need to undertake in the first 5 months:
- Module 1 – Essential Information
- General Data Protection Regulations
- Module 3 – Tools for the Role
Tools of the Role
Your role will require you to use the following software packages:
- Online Scout Manager
- Office365 (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, Powerpoint)
If you have no experience of those packages, we will support you in gaining skills.
Extended Training – Wood Badge/Institute of Leadership & Management Recognised Role
Additional training is required for this role, however prior learning/experience can be taken into account when you discuss your Personal Learning Plan with a Training Adviser
You will be expected to complete the additional Green & Grey modules from the Module Matrix within 3 years of starting your role, but lets get you into Scouting first.
- Support the delivery of a safe, exciting and stimulating Balanced Programme for the Beaver Colony taking into account the needs, interests and abilities of the Young People.
- Introducing Beavers to outdoor activities, giving them the opportunity to be creative, explore their local community and experience the excitement of a Beaver Scout Sleepover with their friends.
- Providing regular opportunities and supporting the Beavers to express their views on the programme and running on the Beaver Colony, and then helping to ensure that those views are taken into account.
|Beavers||Why you’re doing the role|
|Section Team||Your Team|
|Assistant Section Leader||Your Spare Team Leader|
|Group Scout Leader||Group Head Honcho|
|Assistant District Commissioner – Section||Supporter|
|Group Section Teams||Your colleagues|
|Other Section Teams across the District||Your Support Network|
Once you have been in role for 6-9 months, we’ll have a chat with you to see what further training opportunities you wish to explore. Your prior experience, and how you would like to continue your Scouting journey, will be part of that discussion.
Some of the opportunities available to you are listed below; this list is not exhaustive.
|Group Management||Follow the Manager & Support training pathway as a route to becoming a Group Scout Leader or Deputy Group Scout Leader.|
|Skills Instructor||Work towards an instructor qualification such as Shooting, Archery, Climbing. Grant funding may be available to subsidise the courses.|
|Training Adviser||Supporting others through their training.|