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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).

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  • 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

  • Archery
  • Camp Site Wardens
  • Event Support - Explorer Scouts & Scout Network (County)
  • High Ropes
  • Low Ropes
  • Mountaineering Activities (County)
  • Pioneering Projects
  • Water Activities (County)
  • Zip Wire

Indoor Activities

  • 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

Scouting Skills

  • 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)
  • Pioneering
  • Quartermasters

Other Support Roles

  • Car Park Marshalls
  • Community Engagement
  • Bloggers / Photographer
  • Development
  • Faith & Belief Support
  • First Aiders (Qualified)
  • First Response Trainers
  • Fundraising
  • International Support
  • Media Manager
  • Pastoral Care
  • Proficiency Badge Examiners
  • Recruitment Team
  • Service Teams / Service Crews
  • Specific Projects
  • Training  (Adults)
  • Videographer
  • 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.

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