Volunteer Manager (14-18 years) / District Explorer Scout Commissioner

Can you help inspire adventure?

Scouting is all about having fun, making friends, learning new skills and the adventure of trying exciting outdoor activities!

We’re looking for a highly motivated person to lead the Explorer Scout section across Brent. We have two Explorer Scout Units in Willesden with two new units opening in January with over 60 youth members.

Explorer Scouts are young people aged 14 to 18 and are encouraged to lead themselves in deciding the programme and direction of their Explorer Scout Unit, with support and guidance from leaders. The section also includes the Young Leaders’ Scheme, where young people are able to take on a leadership role in one of the younger sections.

There is wider scope for activities like offshore sailing, campaigning, performing, parascending, mountaineering and expeditions.

What's involved?

The District Explorer Scout Commissioner is a key role which has responsibility for ensuring that leaders working with our 14-17 members are supported and managed, and that a quality programme is being delivered to the young people in the section throughout the District. The role is interesting, challenging, exciting and rewarding all at once!

The District Explorer Scout Commissioner is a member of the District Team and is responsible for:

  • managing, developing and supporting Explorer Scouting across the District

  • assisting Explorer Scout Leaders and assistants to complete their leader training commitments

  • supporting the District Explorer Scout Team in providing an annual programme of District events and activities

  • ensuring that Explorer Scout Leaders provide a balanced programme to their Unit members

  • working with the District Executive Committee to ensure that Explorer Scout Units are adequately and appropriately funded

  • maintaining the District Explorer Scout Forum to ensure that Explorer Scouts views feed directly into the management of Explorer Scouting in the District

  • encouraging Explorer Scout Leaders to maintain a good relationship with Group Scout Leaders and Scout Leaders to enable the smooth transition of Scouts to Explorer Scouts

  • working In partnership with the District Explorer Scout Leader responsible for Young Leaders to ensure that the District Young Leaders’ Unit provides all Young Leaders in the District with adequate training and are given full access to the wider District Explorer Scout programme

  • regularly review the provision of Explorer Scouting in the District.

What are we looking for:

You don't need to know anything about scouting to get involved - but you do need enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved help provide great programmes to the young people in the section.

We provide an induction, lots of ongoing support and training which can result in external recognition with:

These awards are recognised by many external organisations, bodies and employers, making them a great addition to your volunteering experience and your CV.

The benefits of volunteering with Scouts

Volunteering with Scouts can enrich your life – don’t just take our word for it. Over 90% of our volunteers say that their Scout experiences are hugely beneficial:

Gain skills
We have an award-winning training scheme for our volunteers so you get as much from it as our amazing young people, including practical skills like first aid and transferable skills like communication and leadership.

Boost your CV
More than two thirds of our volunteers say their CVs have been enhanced by joining Scouts. Employers love to see the commitment of volunteers, and through Scouts you can get vital experience in areas like management, administration and activities.

Make new friends
A whopping 97% of our volunteers say their involvement has helped them forge new friendships.

Change lives
There’s no better feeling than making a difference to communities and transforming the lives of young people. How’s that for job satisfaction?

Flexible volunteering
The only prerequisite to volunteer with us – apart from enthusiasm, of course – is that you're over 18. We know our volunteers lead busy lives, so we’re all about flexibility: whatever the time and skills available we can find a great role for you.

You can choose to volunteer with us once a week, twice a month or once a year – in the thick of activities with young people or behind the scenes in management, executive or support roles.

Time commitment:

The time commitment is flexible although there is an expectation that you will be able to attend meetings of the District Executive Committee and District Team and keep in contact with the adults in each Explorer Scout Unit as necessary.

Interested in the role?

Great! We don’t expect you to be an instant expert in everything, over time you will be given the opportunity to gain new skills and ideas through informal support and training opportunities. We will also give you lots of one to one support.