Helping out (DBS)

How you can help?

Without adults we are unable to create and run our exciting programme of activities and events for the young people. Being an adult in scouting is a fun and rewarding contribution to the local community.

Adults can help in a number of ways:

  • As a section leader or assistant section leader to work as a team to plan and deliver a programme of activities for the young people in your section. The section leader is responsible for recording progress towards badges and to award them when they have been achieved.
  • As a section assistant who helps the section leaders to deliver the programme. Section assistants are an extra pair of hands during meetings or may have a specific skill or qualification e.g. archery instructor.
  • As a group executive member to help manage the scout group and building, ensure we are properly funded and to help develop the group.
  • As a group supporter to help out at events, to run fundraising events including jumble sales, bingo evenings, camps, walks and many more!
  • As an occasional helper who may be part of the parent rota for their young person’s section, stay overnight at camp or help out generally less than twice a month.

All the roles guarantee a fun and rewarding experience. Appropriate training is provided and we are fortunate to be able to offer individual mentoring from experienced scouters and supporters.

If you are interested please speak to any leaders.  If you are still interested after speaking to the leader complete the following information on the Intial Application Form below.

Disclosure Check Process

All roles for adults in scouting require a disclosure check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS formerly CRB) and an internal confidential enquiry. 

The Scout Association has now implemented an electronic system for processing appointments and disclosure checks. 

Process for disclosure checks:

  1. Completed the Inital Application Form below which will be processed by the Group Scout Leader and entered onto the online system
  2. You will receive an email to the address provided from Atlantic Data requesting the selection of identity documents
  3. The Group Scout Leader will arrange to meet you to see you with your original documents
  4. Once the documents have been checked by the Group Scout Leader, you will receive a second email from Atlantic Data requesting them to complete the remainder of the details required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  5. The Group Scout Leader will receive confirmation from the Scout Association that the checks have been completed and will confirm this to you.
  • Please note: Receipt of a certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service does not confirm a 'clear' check as any entries need to be checked by the association's vetting team - the scout group is unable to make these decisions independently.

 Initial Application Form