Urban Myths

Urban Myths about Scouting

We thought we’d dispell these common “urban myths” about volunteering in Scouting 

1.    You have to help every week
No you don’t! Even as uniformed leaders you don’t have to be able to make it every week.

2.    You have to go camping
No you don’t! If camping is simply not your thing you don’t have to.

3.    You have to go to every event or activity
No you don’t! As many people know well the key to everything is in the planning – so as long as it’s planned and there are enough suitable adults you don’t need to go to everything.

4.    Scouting takes over your life
Only if you want it to! You can choose how much time you want to devote. So yes some of us do choose to spend many hours every week but equally some people only choose to spare a few hours a year.

5.    Training takes up all your free time
No it doesn’t! The training is now “NVQ” style. For some roles only a few modules are needed and even if going into uniform you have up to 3 years to complete all the training. Many modules involve a DVD and / or a workbook so don’t need to involve a course. Some modules can be signed off simply by showing what you already do at work or at home. Even if courses are required many are run of an evening, or perhaps several over a day. Courses are a great way to meet people who are in similar roles.

6.    I have other children and they can’t come too
Yes they can! Unless an event or activity is not suitable then it is usually possible to bring other children along – even on camps.

7.    I can’t help until my children join
Oh yes you can! In fact some of our adults have grown up children, and some don’t have any children at all.

8.    I don’t want to go into uniform so I can’t help
Oh yes you can! There are lots of ways you can help.

9.    Everyone else would be much better than me
What makes you so sure? Just come along and see what’s involved.

10.    I’m too busy
Aren’t we all? Why not come and find out what’s involved and then decide 

Visit www.scouts.org.uk/join to find out more