Simply put, without people like you, Scouting wouldn’t exist and with this in mind we realise it is important for us to provide you with as much support as we possibly can.
There is a wealth of Scouting experience across Berkshire and in the UK that you can tap into, as well as resources and tools that will help you on your adventure. We have compiled some of the best places to find support here:
Your first port of call for any queries or concerns during your induction should be your volunteer line manager and/or induction mentor. Other members of your Group were all new to Scouting once and will be able to offer advice and information and signpost you to resources.
Your District will have an Assistant District Commissioner (ADC) dedicated to helping your section and volunteers such as yourself. They usually arrange termly Meetings for section leaders as well as some events to help you run an exciting and varied programme and keep up to date with training and county initiatives and events. Ask your Group Scout Leader (GSL) for details of ADC Meetings.
There are a number of resources online which are a source of support:
Compass: The Scout Association volunteer database. Please keep your personal information up to date and set your communication preferences to ensure you receive the Berkshire Scouts and The Scout Association emails/newsletters. Please ask your GSL for your membership number in order to login.
Programmes online: resource for activity ideas. Compass login is required to access.
Berkshire Scouts website: explore the website for up to date information on activities and initiatives.
Social media: The Scout Association, your District and other Scouting Groups have a social media presence that can be really helpful for ideas and information. Links for Berkshire Facebook groups:
- Berkshire Scouts
- Berkshire Beaver leaders
- Berkshire Cub leaders
- Berkshire Scout leaders
- Berkshire Explorer leaders
Adult ‘Prepared’ handbook: a helpful resource for all adult volunteers running or supporting a section.
The Brand Centre: find print and digital resources to support your section.
The Scout Shop: Find out if there is a Scout Shop local to your Group as your purchases will help fundraise for your Group. If not, the Scout Shop online sells Scouting uniform and resources.