How Can I Help?

Help from parents is always welcome, especially for activities that take place outdoors or away from regular meeting locations. If you are able to help out, even for only one or two meetings, please contact a leader.

Positions open

As a voluntary organisation, we rely on people like you to help us provide memorable experiences for young people in Cherry Hinton. No matter what your skills or background, you can help inspire and provide everyday adventure to kids in your area, make new friends, and have fun yourself in the process. You might find that you get as much out of scouting as the young people you work with!

At the moment, we’ve got a range of positions within the 27th Cambridge Scout Group that we’re looking to fill. Please note that you don’t have to have a child in the scout group to help with one of these positions:

Assistant Scout Leaders

As our Scout Troop grows, we’re on the lookout for people who can help to lead the scout troop and support our Scout Leader.  As an Assistant Leader, you’ll be working as part of a team to help run the scout troop – how you do that depends on what you enjoy doing.  Some people enjoy getting hands-on in meetings and camps; other people are natural organisers and prefer to help plan the different activities: if you enjoy working with young people then there’s always a way that you can help – no experience needed.

You’ll attend our weekly Troop meetings on a Tuesday evening in term time, where there will be up to 40 scouts and (in an ideal world) three or more Leaders. During the lighter evenings, we often hold activities outside in Cherry Hinton or in the local area.   We also run at least two overnight camps each year. It’s not a full time commitment, and you don’t have to attend every meeting, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself thinking about the next camp or activity when you should be doing other things…

 

Executive Committee Chair

The Scout Group’s executive committee works to support the Group Scout Leader and to make sure that the group delivers the best experiences it can, safely and legally.  Like the Board of Governors in a school, the executive committee helps to set the long-term vision for the group and supports the group’s Leaders to make that a reality.

As chair of the executive committee, your role will be to set the agenda for the committee meetings, facilitate discussions, and make sure that the necessary decisions are taken and actions are carried out.  You’ll work closely with the Group Scout Leader and other Leaders to help them achieve the short- and long-term goals of the group.  As such, you will play a key part in the future success of the group.  

This role needs someone who is organised, creative, and able to communicate well.  You will be leading the executive committee, and so must be willing to speak your mind and listen to others. This isn’t a full-time commitment, but you will need to attend around six Executive Committee meetings every year as well as a small number of other meetings.

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Treasurer

As a charity, we depend on money we raise to fund the work of the group and need to report each year to the Charity Commission on our financial status. The treasurer plays a key role in the group, monitoring and managing the finances of the group, making sure that the group’s financial information is maintained accurately and meets all of the relevant laws, and submitting the group’s annual accounts to the Charity Commission.  

Alongside this, the treasurer works with the section leaders and the rest of the executive committee to decide how to use the money we raise to provide the best quality scouting that we can to the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in the 27th Cambridge Scout Group.

Previous experience of financial management is useful but not essential, but this role needs someone who is organised, confident with financial information, and able to communicate well.  This is not a full-time commitment, but you will need to attend around six Executive Committee meetings every year.

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Secretary

The Scout Group’s executive committee works to support the leaders to run the scout group and to make sure that the group delivers the best experiences it can, safely and legally.  Like the Board of Governors in a school, the executive committee helps to set the long-term vision for the group and supports the group’s leaders to make that a reality.

As the secretary of the executive committee, you will help the chair to keep the committee running smoothly by helping to organise committee meetings, taking minutes, and making sure that the group’s records are kept safely and securely.

If you’re an organised person who enjoys working in a team, you’re ideal for this role – no previous experience is necessary.  This is not a full-time commitment, but you will need to attend around six Executive Committee meetings every year.

Find out more. 

Executive Committee Members

The Scout Group’s executive committee works to support the leaders to run the scout group and to make sure that the group delivers the best experiences it can, safely and legally.  Like the Board of Governors in a school, the executive committee helps to set the long-term vision for the group and supports the group’s leaders to make that a reality.

As a member of the executive committee, you will help to set the strategy for the scout group and enable the section leaders to deliver a balanced programme of activities to all sections in the group.  You do not have to have a child in the scout group to join the committee.

This is not a full-time commitment, but you will need to attend around six Executive Committee meetings every year.

Find out more. 

Other Positions

We’re always on the look-out for other Assistant Leaders for our Beaver or Cub sections, or parent helpers who can help out in a more informal way: if you enjoy working with young people and fancy a challenge, please let us know!

 

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