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Getting Involved     It’s great to find activities where the whole family can get involved. Scouting involves boys and girls – and their siblings and parents too. There are a number of ways in which parents of youth members can get involved: Be a parent helper, volunteering for duties such as Scout hall set up or clean up. Raise funds for the Scout Group, through fundraising events and activities or grant seeking. Become an active member of the Group Committee, which assists the Group Leader and Group Council and promotes the aims and principles of Scouting in conjunction with the Group. Serve as an office bearer on the Group Committee (Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Trustee). Serve on a sub-committee to undertake duties defined by the Group Leader or Group Committee. Become a trained Leader.      Becoming a Leader     There are many roles for adults in Scouts Australia. You may become a Leader of a Joey Mob, Cub Scout Pack, Scout Troop or Venturer Scout Unit, which involves varying degrees of program planning and weekly meetings. You may have a certain interest in adventurous activities such as abseiling or water activities and become an Activity Leader. As you progress through Scouting, you can also become involved in training and leading adults. Leaders of Joey Scout Mobs, Cub Scout Packs, Scout Troops and Venturer Scout Units need to allocate one night a week for the group meeting during school term time. You will also need to attend group activities (e.g. hikes or camping trips) on a few weekends a year. Also attendance at a monthly meeting of Leaders is required. Leaders are given training and support by other Leaders from Scouts Australia, and are given resources of program ideas. There is training in all aspects of youth leadership, program planning, safety and other requirements. Before you are permitted to work with young people you will have to undergo interviews, and reference and police checks. What Training Do I Have to Do? As a Leader, you must undertake Basic and Advanced training in working with young people, including learning the basics of Scouting, leadership, safety and program planning. You are also required to make a commitment to the completion of Advanced Training within a three-year period. This training is a Scouting standard all over the world, and is known as the Wood Badge. Scouts Australia is a registered training organisation. Depending on what Leadership training you do with us, you could be awarded a nationally recognised Certificate III, IV or Diploma in Leadership. This can give you some advance standing in certain further education courses and employment opportunities Australia-wide. Training generally takes place on weekends. What is the Cost? There is no cost involved for volunteer leaders in meeting their weekly Scouting commitment. Your Group covers training expenses. However, for major events such as Jamborees you may be asked to contribute in whole or in part to these costs. You will have to purchase your own uniform, and depending on the activities of your Group, you may need to purchase (or borrow) some of your own equipment from time to time. I don't have time to be a leader full-time. What else can I do? If you can't spare the time to lead a Group regularly, there are still opportunities to help Scouts. Scouts Australia has numerous activity centres and need people to help when they can. For example, if you are interested in abseiling, you can volunteer to help out when Groups go abseiling. Alternatively, contact your local group, who are always happy for people to help when they can. You could also join your local Group's Committee to help with the running and fundraising for the Group. However, whenever you are involved in the position of working with young people you will be required to undergo a Police check. Benefits     Scouting is a dynamic and enjoyable self-development, educational program that can involve the whole family. It offers a variety of challenging adventures based on personal achievement, teamwork and leadership. Self-development and Educational Outcomes Children will learn life skills such as independent thinking, leadership and problem solving skills, social interaction and responsibility. They will experience weekly physically and intellectually challenging activities in the Scout hall, outdoor activities such as bushwalking and water sports, and large- scale events such as Jamborees, where Scouts from around Australia and the World come together. If you have been involved with Scouts in the past, you will find that some activities have changed and are more modern. However, the essence of Scouting remains on having fun, outdoor adventure and a strong sense of community. For the whole family Scouting is an ideal activity for the whole family. Sons and daughters can be involved and parents are encouraged to join in with activities and become helpers, supporters or Leaders. Scouting can be an amazing experience for parents. Join your child’s Scout Group on outdoor activities, family camps and outings - and learn new skills like abseiling and canoeing. Local community Scouting can help you gain a strong sense of belonging to your local community, and through your active involvement, you make a direct and worthwhile contribution. Also, you will enjoy a wider social life and an established peer network with other parents, carers and adults involved with Scouting in your area.  It creates an extended family. Parent responsibilities Being a Scout parent comes with important responsibilities too. Show your interest and encourage your child’s Scouting participation. Provide transport for meetings and outdoor activities. Help to raise money for your child’s Scout Group. Give your time to participate in Scouting activities and events. Leadership training Many parents participate in leadership training that widens their personal and professional opportunities. Leader Uniform The Leader Uniform consists of the dark blue shirt. Click here for Leader Badge Placements More information Contact our membership hotline on 1800 SCOUTS (1800 726 887) or info@nsw.scouts.com.au adult leader uniform
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