The Volunteer Journey

We recognise that everyone who joins Scouting as a volunteers brings with them a wide range of skills and life experiences that will be of befit of our young people. To best build on these skills and experiences, we have a flexible, modular training scheme that recognises these skills and experiences, builds on them and fills in any gaps that volunteers feel they may have to deliver the best for all our young people.

Starting the Journey
All new volunteers go through the same process at the start of their volunteering journey. The steps are as follows:

• Complete an Adult Information Form, including details of two referees. The Application form can be downloaded by clicking the button below. This will normally be uploaded onto the Scout Compass Database by one of the leaders in your group. The Scouts Identity Checking Form which can be downloaded by clicking the button below.

• All Scout Volunteers must hold an Enhanced Scout DBS check. Unfortunately DBS checks from work or other volunteering roles cannot be transferred into a Scouting setting and a new one will be carried out as part of the joining process. You will need to complete the Scouts Identity Checking form and provide photographic I.D and proof of address. This will normally be carried out with a leader in the group and they will upload your details onto the Scout Compass Database. The Scouts Identity Checking Form which can be downloaded by clicking the button below.

You can find more information on the DBS Disclosure process here.

• Once the Adult Information Form details are uploaded onto Compass and your DBS details uploaded onto the Atlantic, the District Appointments Secretary will process your DBS and request information from your referees using the Adult Reference Form here.

• The Appointments Secretary will invite you to a short Welcome Meeting with members of the District Team. This can either be Face to Face or On Line. The purpose of the Welcome Meeting is as follows:

o Welcome the new volunteer to the Scouts.
o Ensure that new volunteers are aware and accept the values, policies and promise of the Scouts.
o Support volunteers to understand the requirements of their role.
o Check that the new volunteer knows where to go for support and who to ask if they need some help.

You can find more information on the Welcome Meeting here.

• After the Welcome Meeting, your appointment will be updated to “Provisional” on the Compass System. The final stages of the joining process is to complete the Core Training Modules that all volunteers must complete. These are:

Essential Information

• This can be completed as an online module or downloaded as a workbook. There is more information in the Adult Training page of the website here.

• Once these core modules are completes, your appointment will be moved from “Provisional” to “Full”

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls