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Successful Scout Groups are those where there is strong adult support

Often when you think of volunteering for a Scout group, the first role that comes to mind is that of an adult leader. While the Scouts would not exist without the valuable effort every scout leader puts into our children's adventures, there are many other roles and ways in which we can volunteer to help keep the group running. Many parents are busy and simply can't put in multiple hours per week in volunteer work and effort, but many hands make for light work!
Below are some of the ways you might be able to help out.
  • Assisting with activities as a parent helper.
  • Providing transport.
  • Volunteering for duties such as Scout Hall set up.
  • Helping with DIY jobs or gardening at the Scout Hall.
  • Attend a camp and lend a helping hand to the leaders.
Parent helper on a hike

Join the Committee

Every Scout group has a committee that works closely with the adult leaders of the group. The committee is responsible for managing the finances and general business aspects of maintaining the group. It does not require a large time commitment and provides an easy way for you to make a big difference to the group that is having such a large impact on your child's youth. For this reason we invite all parents to consider volunteering for 12 months serving on the committee. All training for each of the roles is provided online, so even if you have never been involved in a committee before you can rest assured you will have the support you need.

Each of the following committee members appointed yearly by the Group leader;

  • Chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Fundraising Co-ordinator

Fundraising

Gordonvale is a small group, with lows membership fees. We are able to achieve this because we have a consistent and very healthy fundraising initiative. Gordonvale Scouts have a permanent spot at the monthly Gordonvale Markets where we cook and sell food. It is expected that every family volunteers at least once per term to help man the the stall.

Gordonvale Scouts market volunteers
Low ropes course

Got a special skill?

When your child joins Gordonvale Scouts Group, you will be introduced to the group leader and the committee members as we strive to make the adults feel just as much part of the group as the children. We try to get to know every one of you and we believe every one of you has something special they can bring to the group. If you think you might be able to contribute something (anything) don't be afraid to bring this to the attention of the group leader. For instance this website was put together by a parent with some basic web design skills, we have had grandparents come in and speak about serving in the armed force, maybe you can play the guitar around a camp fire for a sing along, or have access to something you think the kids would be interested in.