Why I Volunteer | Michael
19-yr-old student, Michael volunteers at the Scout Adventures Fordell Firs activity centre and is also an Assistant Explorer Scout Leader in Banchory. He tells us how both roles are helping him to prepare for a career in the outdoors.
“You’re able to gain amazing opportunities through volunteering for Scouts. It gives you so many skills. It’s really, really worth it.”
“As a member of the volunteer team at Fordell Firs, I have learned how to run activity sessions through the Fordell Firs activity training programme. These are skills I can use elsewhere, I am now hoping for a career in the activity tourism and outdoor pursuits industry.’’
‘’Opportunities through my volunteering have allowed me to gain qualifications and Scout activity permits in camping, archery, climbing, and abseiling.
"I am also working towards my Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award and I’m aiming towards my Queen’s Scout Award in Deeside District. I’m also going to America in 2019 to volunteer as part of the international support team at the World Scout Jamboree.’’
“I’ve learnt a lot of basic admin skills through being a Scout Leader, which has helped me with some of my college coursework. For example, I’ve learned how to work with spreadsheets and how to upload information onto online systems and keep records.’’
“Volunteering has also given me the skills necessary to run events. I am currently organising and running the training for the Blair Atholl Jamborette for the Explorer Scouts from Deeside and Buchan Districts. Earlier this year, I ran a very successful District event – Deeside Winter Camp at the Templars Park Scout Campsite, near Aberdeen. I’d hope to be able to run and assist with the running of large-scale district and national events in the future.’’
“The best bit about volunteering for Scouts is seeing how much people appreciate you doing something for them. There’s no better feeling than seeing a young person reach the top of the climbing tower, despite being unsure, and knowing that you helped to get them there.”
There are many ways to volunteer for Scouting. Whether you want to work with young people or support with administration or finance, we’re always looking for passionate and energetic people to get involved and share their skills. Our volunteers receive plenty of support and training.