Who are Scout volunteers? How are they appointed and trained?

All our volunteers give their time freely to help young people thrive. Some volunteers lead their group week in and week out. Others call in occasionally to share a specific skill or provide an extra pair of hands – whether they’re abseiling down mountains, helping a group of eight-year olds build a robot, or expertly remembering how everyone takes their tea.

At Scout NSW, all of our Leaders and volunteers are interviewed locally and asked to provide references in addition to NSW police check screening and the requirement for a valid, verified Working With Children Check. Our youth member’s safety is our priority and our screening measures are designed to reflect that.

Adult Leaders also undergo mandatory comprehensive training to ensure they have the skills to support our young people – including training modules on leadership, health and safety and child protection.