Scouts Information Evening, 23 November

Border Scouts District wants to enable more young people to enjoy Scouting 

Sign up for the online information evening on Wednesday 23rd November at 7.30pm here 

We know everyone is busy, so this event is taking place online to fit in around family, work and life. It’ll only take 1 hour and will be informative. 

Demand by young people to join Scouts across the Scottish Borders now exceeds the number of new adult volunteers required to support them. Did you know there are over 150 young people on the Borders Scouts waiting list? Borders Scouts have Groups in Earlston, Duns, Kelso, Eyemouth, Selkirk, Peebles, Lauder, Hawick, Jedburgh, Gala, West Linton, Melrose and Cardrona need new helpers to enable more young people to join Scouting and release the waiting list. Sign up for this event to find out about the exciting things the Scout Groups get up to and flexible volunteering opportunities.

FACT 1: There are 13 Scout Groups across the Scottish Borders who want to provide more Scouting to more local young children. 

FACT 2: You don’t need to have any specific skills or have been a former Scout to lend a hand.  

FACT 3: Borders Scouts has a youth waiting list of 150+ which represents almost 20% of their existing membership. 

FACT 4: If you volunteer as a Leader to get involved now then there is a chance you can ensure your child could get automatic entry into their preferred Scout Group. 

FACT 5: You don’t have to have previous Scouting experience to get involved. 

Borders Scouts is looking to the local community, ordinary people, to make a big difference to the lives of local young people. They are appealing for help to reduce the youth waiting list and support over 150 more young people to benefit from Scouts. Scouting has a reputation for helping young people to develop resilience, a positive character, respect for others, good community skills, as well as physical and mental fitness. Can you help inspire the doers and give it a goers of the future! 

Andy Beaumont, District Commissioner said: “Volunteering is much easier than you think. Whether you can spare an hour a week or a day a year, we have lots of opportunities both behind the scenes and directly supporting children and young people.  Not only is volunteering with us incredibly rewarding and great fun, you’ll learn some brilliant skills transferable to the workplace and further education. We welcome volunteers from every community and background. You don’t even need to have been a Scout or have lit a fire! You just need to believe in a more positive future and the difference we can make together.”  

“There’s lots of ways you can get more involved with Scouts as a parent, carer or family member. From helping occasionally on a family rota or as part of our Executive Committee to stepping up as a leader, our volunteering activities are as varied as you.  You show up, get stuck in, and make memories for life. If you’re over 18, you can help as an adult volunteer in Scouting. There is no upper age limit for adult volunteers.” 

Why help?  

There are many reasons why adults choose to volunteer for Scouting. Here are some that existing volunteers have given: 

  • To give something back to the community 
  • To support the Leaders 
  • Because volunteering is a ‘good thing’ 
  • As an enabler, the Leader can do more 
  • To spend more quality time with your child 
  • To develop your own skills and do something practical 
  • To enjoy and rediscover adventure for yourself 
  • To live a healthier more active lifestyle 

As a District, all Border Scouts activities are run by volunteers, who might join because they want to try something new, make friends, spend time with their children or learn new life skills and experiences. 

Do you want to do something good for your community and help our Young People keep their bodies and brains active and happy – whether that’s by scaling mountains, sharing skills or serving tea. 

Most of our volunteers work directly with young people aged 4-18 through our Squirrel, Beaver, Cub and Explorer groups – helping young people gain skills for life through fun activities. 

Sign up for the online information evening on Wednesday 23rd November at 7.30pm here 

Contact – Kirstie Armsworth, Scouting Support Officer, South East Scotland Scouts, 


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