Feeling good about yourself… there isn’t a badge for that, but there should be.

Volunteering can be a brilliant way to boost your mental wellbeing. It’s a great feeling knowing you’re helping young people get skills for life, and you might even learn a lot about yourself along the way. 

Scouts can make you feel good in other ways too. We’ll guide you to an opportunity where you’ll: 

  • Make friends and meet people 
  • Try new things and challenge yourself 
  • Get outdoors and get stuck in 
  • Positively impact your community 
  • Create vital opportunities for young people 
  • Make memories that’ll last a lifetime

If you can only occasionally help, that’s OK. Whether you’d like to be an activity planner, tea-maker or craft creator, we appreciate any time you can spare. Contact us today to start your volunteering journey on volunteering@eborscouts.org.uk

What we need your help with:

Volunteer Team Members

The Ebor District Leadership Team supports 250 adult volunteers York, providing
opportunities for 1500 young people, to develop skills for life through fun and
adventure. We group responsibilities into a number of teams of volunteers to
provide this support. Each team will have experienced volunteers to lead on specific
topics, but also need managers to coordinate and inspire them, and to drive forward
projects. We also need team members to share the tasks.

Team members do not need to have Scouting experience. Instead they are invited to
apply their professional skills as “People Managers”, “Project Managers” or “Adminstrators”, in a
Scouting context.

Each role is fully flexible around what the volunteer can provide, on an ad-
hoc basis, around their personal circumstances and availability. This could be done
via Zoom/Microsoft Teams or in-person meetings.

Examples of what the teams might be responsible for are:
Programme Support Team e.g. planning activities, supporting leaders in sharing
ideas, overseeing the approval of adventurous activities and residentials.
Volunteering Development Team e.g. attracting and welcoming new adult
volunteers, planning learning events, driving membership growth initiatives.
District Support Team e.g. marketing & communications, incident management


If you have skills in professions such as auditing, finance, premises management, or health and safety we would love to have you on one of our Trustee Boards. These teams help to provide Charity governance and strategic oversight of District or Group Operations, so that other volunteers can do what they do best providing opportunities for our young people.

Additional Needs Advisers

Go-to people for adult volunteers to guide volunteers and build confidence, in how to
discuss and plan support for young people and helpers with extra needs.

It would be great to have some relevant professional experience but we can provide
access to resources if needed. We can also help people to appreciate adoption in
a Scouting context. Fundamentally, we need people with good conversation and
listening skills. We only have occasional requests for help but we see this support as
an integral and growing aspect of what we do in Scouting.

Duke of Edinburgh Scheme Adviser

Put your adventurous skills to use, learn new ones, and play an active role in the World’s
leading youth achievement award. We want to grow our team to guide more young people
through their DofE and higher Scouting awards, and support their expeditions. You can
volunteer on a flexible basis as:

A DofE Support Coordinator
An Expedition Supervisor
An Event Helper

Youth Engagement Team Member

Join our pool of volunteers aged 18-24 to support young people across the District to have their voice heard. We want good listeners with a desire to make a positive impact. The team could meet representatives from Scout Groups, gather views, and encourage team development.

Grant Applications Volunteer

To help grow our provision of adventurous activities for young people we want a
volunteer to lead on the submission of grant applications to develop Scouting.

District Supporters

This often involves contributing specific skills at events, or helping in a more general
way. This could include helping to maintain our facilities at our Snowball Plantation
Activity Centre for example. The great thing about being a supporter is that you can
dip in and out as it suits you, with no pressure whatsoever for a regular commitment.
In doing this you will be helping in a very important way to maximise the benefits of
Scouting to young people.

District Adviser (Squirrels/Beavers/Cubs/Scouts)

We would like an experienced Beaver, Cub or Scout Leader to share the role of supporting the District team
in identifying support needs, and planning District activities for specific age groups. The role helps
to build connections between Section Leadership Teams, and with the District Team. We are keen
to share ideas and help each other as part of a wider Scouting family.

District Advisers will previously have had a front-line Scouting role and now want to share the benefit of their experience with others.

Scout Group Team Leader

As the Group Lead Volunteer you would be:

  • Inspiring and enthusiastic, super resourceful and full of energy.
  • A problem solver, fantastic team builder and a leader. 
  • Believe passionately about developing young people and volunteers to be
    their best. 

View the full role description

Section Team Leaders and Members

We always need more volunteers to join our local teams to plan and run activities for
our young people on a regular basis, for all our age groups. Squirrels (4-6), Beavers
(6-8), Cubs (8-10½), Scouts (10½-14), Explorers (14-18). Get in touch so we can
discuss your specific situation and find you a suitable match.

Activity Planners

Scouting is all about providing young people with skills for life. But who makes this
happen? People like you. We need people who are passionate about providing
exciting opportunities for young people. We’re looking for great organisers, fantastic
listeners and great communicators to make our ideas a reality.
You don’t have to lead on everything, just be part of the team to make great
experiences happen.