Scouts is more than just sitting round a campfire these days

SOCIAL CLIMBERS Scouts have a great start in life. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (123111-2)
SOCIAL CLIMBERS Scouts have a great start in life. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (123111-2)
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When one thinks of Scouting, what comes to mind? Boys, knots, bob-a-job and tents? Well, think again.

Today there are half a million Scouts in the UK enjoying the fun, challenge and adventure of Scouting.

Taking part in over 200 hundred activities, it’s not just putting up tents anymore.

Scouting happens almost every night of the week in almost every community in the UK.

It’s quite likely that you’re no more than a mile from your nearest group.

Scouts come from all sorts of cultures, faiths and backgrounds, all walks of life.

Scouts get a great start in life. Scouting gives young people confidence, passion, a spirit for adventure, and most importantly a belief in themselves.

And the skills they learn will help in adult life too. There’s even badges for PR and IT.

Every year, ten-thousand of our Scouts travel to more than 150 countries to take part in community projects and expeditions.

But all of these adventures and opportunities are only possible with the help and support of our adult volunteers.

So how could you help as a volunteer? Well actually, quite easily. You don’t just have to tie complex knots and you won’t have to wear shorts.

If you can ride a bike, play a guitar, or play a sport, maybe you have management skills to offer, or could help behind the scenes, you’ll make a great volunteer.

And how could volunteering help you?

Well, you can get qualifications, learn new skills, explore the outdoors, have fun and help out your local community. All this looks brilliant on a CV too.