Fancy making a difference?


Our team of adult leaders is made up of dedicated volunteers from all over the UK – they are the people that make scouting happen near you. For most of the week they are business executives, engineers, plumbers, nurses, teachers, you name it, but the rest of the time they are the heart and soul of what we do. Leaders can be any of the following, all of which have different training requirements:-

Occasional Helpers

These are adults that help out in a section or group, but not on a regular basis – i.e. not more that once a month. For instance parents on a term rota will fall into this category. They do not wear uniform and do not take the promise.

Sectional Assistants

Section Assistants support the Leaders in delivering the programme; they do not take part in the planning of the programme (but of course can). Sectional Assistants have a number of key benefits over Occasional Helpers; Sectional Assistants can take a full part in the section programme, get Scouting magazine, Scouting Plus, a higher level of insurance coverage and training to support them in their role. They also accrue service for their role in Scouting.

Sections Leaders and Assistants Leaders

Essentially these types of leaders are the same; they are responsible for managing and running the section with the Section Leader being the overall person responsible for the running of the section.

The Group Scout Leader

Looking after all the leaders of the sections, which make up a group, are our Group Scout Leaders. They will manage and support the Scout Group and make sure that it is running effectively.

The District Commissioner

All the Scout Groups in your area will be part of a District. A District Commissioner runs the District. You will get the opportunity to take part in District events, and meet many other leaders and Scouts.

Training for Adults

To support adults in Scouting, the Association provides a comprehensive programme of training. You can find out about the training scheme, and the validation of training in the Adult Personal File as well as other training related materials at

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls