Scout Active Support is a great way for adults of all ages to
volunteer on a flexible basis. It gives the best of both worlds -
it fits around people's commitments, helps them use their
individual talents and volunteer with friends. Not everyone can
contribute to a weekly commitment, but this way people can still
make a valuable contribution to Scouting. Scout Active Support
provides a support framework for local Scouting, in a Movement that
continues to develop and grow, providing activities and
opportunities for many young people.
So if you are looking for a flexible way to join Scouting that
fits around you and your busy lifestyle, why not try Scout Active
Support? No prior experience in Scouting or Guiding is required,
just a willingness to volunteer some time to support local
Scouting. A Scout Active Support Unit is a group of likeminded
adults who offer support to Scouting in some way.
There is at least one District Scout Active Support Unit in the
area of Cheshire where you live, providing a range of support.
Let's take a look at what Active Support Members are doing
around the NW Region?
There are now 60 different types of tasks / activities that
Active Support Members are collectively involved in, these have
been loosely listed under generic headings and in alphabetical
order below. This list was produced based on the input
from 5 Scout Counties, (Cheshire, Greater Manchester - East, North
& West and West Lancashire).
The Challenge - Could we introduce any of these Ideas into what
we are able to Offer?
- Appointments Committee Member
- Asset Register 'Compiler / Holder'
- Award Citation 'Writer'
- Camp Wardens Co-ordinator
- Event Admin (Bookings and Databases)
- Exit Interviewer
- Grant Application 'Writer'
- IT Support Function
- Mentors to (New Treasurer, Secretary, Chair)
- Membership Support
- Press Release 'Writer'
- QSA Organiser
- Duke of Edinburgh Organiser
Adventurous / Outdoor Activities
- Camp Site Wardens
- Event Support - Explorer Scouts & Scout Network
- High Ropes
- Low Ropes
- Mountaineering Activities (County)
- Pioneering Projects
- Water Activities (County)
- Zip Wire
- Creative Crafts (For ALL Sections)
- Gang Shows and Scout Bands
- Parents Rota > One-step from becoming an Occasional
Helper(Beavers & Cubs)
- Radio Communications (Indoor & Outdoors)
- Temporary Stand-in 'Leader'
- Also see 'Scouting Skills' below
- Campsites, including buildings
- Maintenance of Camping Equipment
- Maintenance of Outdoor Equipment (Canoes, etc)
- Scout Headquarters / Hall / Centres
- Backwoods Cooking and Bushcraft
- Campfire Leaders
- Cooking / Catering
- Event Support (Run Bases / Activities)
- First Aid
- Specialist Proficiency Badges (eg. - Photography, Scientist,
Computing, IT, Radio, Astronomy, Craft)
Other Support Roles
- Car Park Marshalls
- Community Engagement
- Bloggers / Photographer
- Faith & Belief Support
- First Aiders (Qualified)
- First Response Trainers
- International Support
- Media Manager
- Pastoral Care
- Proficiency Badge Examiners
- Recruitment Team
- Service Teams / Service Crews
- Specific Projects
- Training (Adults)
- Website Facilitator
- Welfare Support
Active Support Units are open to a wide range of adults -
Parents and Supporters of local Scouting, former 'Scouts',
including Explorer Scouts, Scout Network members, and former
Guides, as well as adults who have previously been Leaders. It is
also open to existing Adult Leaders; many District Active Support
Units have Leaders in their membership.
If you are interested in finding out more about Scout Active
Support or wish to become involved, then please complete the
details opposite. Thanks for your interest.