An introduction to Scouting in East Somerset

Scouting in East Somerset District is thriving, making an enormous difference to the lives of literally thousands of young people, volunteers and our wider community. There are many ways you can kick-start your adventure, as a young person, parent or volunteer. Our volunteers get involved on their terms and not all roles involve working directly with young people. If you can give a little (or a lot) to help improve young lives in your community, we’d love to hear from you.


Expect more, Help us do more

Be the difference to young people by volunteering with us or finding out how to help us in other ways. Over 200 locally are already waiting to join and we’re determined that they can join the adventure.

What do volunteers do?

This everyday adventure is possible thanks to our adult volunteers, who support Scouts in a wide range of roles from working directly with young people, to helping manage a Group, to being a charity Trustee. We help volunteers get the most out of their experiences at Scouts by providing opportunities for adventure, training, fun and friendship. Our award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouts as young people. Our approach focuses on what you want to get out of volunteering with Scouts, while respecting how much time you can offer. Over 90% of Scout volunteers say that their skills and experiences have been useful in their work or personal life.

Scouting is:


With 28 million members worldwide, Scouting is the World’s largest co-educational youth Movement offering opportunities for both sexes, people of different backgrounds, abilities and all faiths.


There are over 200 activities on offer from outdoor adventure to creative projects. Here are just a few seen every year in East Somerset: Sailing, kayaking & canoeing, caving, climbing & abseiling, cooking, first aid, DofE, hiking, community work, survival skills, camping, music, gaming, sports, dragon boating, rafting building, team building, archery, shooting, gliding, water sports, pioneering, fun days, badge days, swimming, conservation work, days out, wide games and much, much more!

In your community:

In East Somerset there are 2500 Scouts aged 6-25 and this number is growing. In fact our numbers have grown every year.

For adults too:

Over 500 adults volunteer their time to support Scouting in the District. Volunteers donate as many hours as they like and cover a vast range of roles from working with young people on the ground to offering their particular expertise in accountancy, marketing, recruitment, management and administration. Whatever time you have to offer and whatever role you would like to perform, East Somerset Scouts would love to hear from you.


Scouting is active in 216 of the World’s 258 Countries, that’s 23 more countries than the United Nations has member states!


In the UK Scouting adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for half a million people. Scouting is open to all young people ages 6 to25 of every faith and background. There are also plenty of opportunities for adults to become involved as Leaders, Assistants or Administrators.

And we have one common purpose

To promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.

Get involved: Youth

We are the UK’s biggest mixed youth organisation. We change lives by offering 6- to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities. Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. We help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.

What do Scouts do?

Scouts take part in activities as diverse as kayaking, abseiling, expeditions overseas, photography, climbing and zorbing. As a Scout you can learn survival skills, first aid, computer programming, or even how to fly a plane. There’s something for every young person. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity and experience the wider world.

Get involved

Search for your local group to find out how you can be a part of the adventure.

Get involved: Volunteer!

Help us get 200 young people off a waiting list and into Scouting!

Scouting goes far beyond being a progressive programme of activities designed to help the young people holistically. It provides a foundation for great values to live by: Helpfulness, friendship, cooperation, respect for self and others, understanding and tolerance, integrity based on loyalty, honesty and trust, leadership, resourcefulness and courage in the face of difficulties.

What could be more important to nurturing the kind of society we all want to live in?

This is why it matters profoundly and why we need even more support from volunteers, donors, employers and decision-makers like you. With Just a little of your resources – time, talent, money, enthusiasm and good will – we can make a huge difference.

We welcome women and men of all ages, abilities, interests and backgrounds to support Scouting in East Somerset District. There is no need to have been involved in Scouting or Guiding before; all that is required is a willingness to give some of your time and a have a positive attitude!

It’s a great way to make friends as our adult members have a lively social and activity programme and many people find that the free Leader, adult and Instructor training they receive helps in both their professional and personal lives.

 It’s not all outdoor adventure for our adult volunteer; they help across a range of subjects from drama, IT, the arts, cooking, first aid, wood crafts and through providing much needed strategic organisational support on logistics, training provision, mentoring, administration, financial management, marketing, recruitment, fundraising and as a charity trustee. The list of opportunities is almost endless.

In East Somerset District we rely on over 500 volunteers like you. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and the training we offer is tailored to each individual. You can train at your own pace and we will support and empower you to lead others. The volunteering opportunities that we offer are flexible so they fit with your individual circumstances.

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Volunteering with East Somerset Scout Active Support Units.

Flexible volunteering opportunities within East Somerset Scout District

You don’t need to wear a uniform or be a leader to support Scouting in East Somerset. We offer a wide variety of flexible volunteering opportunities from supporting fundraising events with groups, help with activities such as Shooting, DofE programme and Ten Tors or with support to our local District Camp site.

In this document you can find out how you can get involved with Scouting in a way that still fits your busy lifestyle.

Introduction – What is Scout Active Support all about?

Scout Active Support is a way for adults to volunteer some time to Scouting in a flexible way that suits them. Scout Active Support is a resource for Mangers of local Scouting (Group, activity or as a District) to use in whichever way is required. At present in East Somerset we have a number of Scout Active Support units ranging from units within groups such as West Coker, at our District Camp site at Tedbury (near Frome), as a District such as Camelot unit and for specific support to activity teams run within the District such as DofE delivery, Ten Tors, Kayaking, Shooting, etc

The ways Scout Active Support can help Scouting are almost endless. Below are some examples:

Within a group: (West Coker Unit)

  • Helping support section leaders on camps or activity days out
  • Refreshments at a weekend training session
  • Helping to run an annual group fete, carol service or fund raising event for the group.
  • Support occasionally at a section meeting assisting the leader with games and activities.
  • Act as a Quartermaster or maintenance group for your Scout headquarters.
  • Help with promotional marketing, PR/ Media, accounting or professional support


Within our District Camp site: Tedbury Camp Site (Near Frome)

  • Support as part of the bookings, management or conservation / forestry team within the camp site.
  • Support District activities and events run at the camp site
  • Help with the development of the site or supporting with grant applications or accounts
  • Help with the on-going marketing and computer support infrastructure of the site


Within our District: Camelot Unit

  • Support with the on-going provision of group / unit programme support (skills or personnel)
  • Support with running or assisting Group, District and County events, camps and activities (i.e. shooting, sailing, chess and draughts, hiking, archery and camping)
  • Support Group, District and County training courses, fundraising events, activity days and events
  • Support with the delivery of social activities for the Active Support Unit


Within our Activities Unit:

  • Help run the DofE provision within East Somerset Scouting (Expedition and programme content)
  • Help run and support the Ten Tor programme
  • Help run and support our adventurous activities, clubs and events such as the District kayaking provision, sailing, shooting, archery, climbing, caving, rafting and general scouting skills
  • Support District and group activities, camps and events (from the perceptive of activities).


Who can join: The Scout Active Support welcomes all men and women over the age 18yrs. There is no requirement to have been in Scouting or Guiding before joining. All that is required is a willingness to volunteer some time to supporting Scouting.

Member Subscription: There is no annual membership (Membership is free). All members will have their own national membership and insurance cover from the Scout Association.

Uniform: The unit member’s uniform for the scout active support is the same as the leader uniform but is optional. However each Active Support Unit may provide their own opportunity to wear a polo shirt / Hoodie option with the group/ unit neckerchief or the National Scout Active Support Neckerchief.

Training need: All members are simply required to complete the module 1 (Children Protection Module) of the Scout Association leadership training. Any other training is optional.

Paperwork / DBS (formerly CRB): All members are required to complete a Scout Association DBS form.

Whether you have an hour a week or you can support only once a year on a summer camp cooking the breakfast for a Scout unit, we have a role for you within one of our many Active Support Units. Using your skills, knowledge and passion in a flexible way (even just an hour a term) will help us grow, develop and sustain our young people’s Scouting programme for years to come.

And remember, Scouting is not just all about the young people. Through the Active Support Units, you are a member of the Scout Association in your own right and can access the world of Scouting. This can be either through additional leader and instructor skills training, accessing local, national and international camps yourself as a member, taking part in adventurous activities and challenges or coming along to one of our many Active Support social events and evenings – it is a great way to meet new people.

For more information contact:

West Coker Scout Group Active Support Unit:

Pete Divall: Group Scout Leader & Unit Manager (01935) 422328 or

Tedbury camp site Active Support Unit:

David Dunn: Unit Manager (01373) 466793 or

Camelot Active Support Unit:

Chris Jones: Unit Manager (01935) 474212 or

District Activities Active Support Unit:

James Divall: District Commissioner (Team DC): (01935) 863105

If you have a business that can offer pro bono or charity rate services or employee volunteering, a skill that you think we may be able to use or an idea to help us fundraise, then please do get in touch. Perhaps you can help us advertise Scouting and recruit volunteers through your internal communications channels? Scouting only happens because of volunteers offering their time, donors offering their money, supporters helping us to fundraise, communicate and support adult volunteers, and businesses offering us exciting partnerships.

If you would like to know more about how you can help Scouting in East Somerset contact us.

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Make a difference to the lives of children and young people across our community.

Your gift will help us to develop the adventurous activities we offer to our thousands of local youth members. With your help we can offer Scouting to even more children and young people including over 200 who are currently on our waiting list. East Somerset Scouts also operate an ‘International Fund’ and an ‘Inclusion Fund’ helping more of our members to access activities and events. Some youth members qualify for hardship support for new uniform and cover the cost of fee’s through these fund. The International fund helps young people experience the international Scouting programme attending World Jamboree’s, Explorer Belt Expeditions and other international camps.

Help raise money for East Somerset Scouts with a sponsored event.

If you are up for a challenge and you want to do something for a good cause, why not take part in a sponsored activity. It could be a walk, silence or a run like the London Marathon, Yeovil ½ Marathon or even the local school fun run. We here at East Somerset Scout would like to back our supporters. If you are doing a run and can guarantee a minimum of £20 fundraising, we at East Somerset will provide you with a FREE Scout Branded East Somerset running vest. Contact us for more information and to let us know about your plans.

Donations by post

Alternatively you can send your donation as a cheque to:

The District Treasurer,

Please do not send cash. If you would like to talk to someone about your donation, contact our District Treasurer via and we will contact you to provide assistance.

Don’t forget to ‘GIFT AID’ it.

Gift aid is a simple government initiative which allows you to increase the value of your donations at no extra cost to you. For every pound you give, East Somerset Scouts, we can claim an extra 25 pence from HM Revenue & Customs, helping your donation to go further.

To be eligible for Gift Aid, you must pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) that you donate to will reclaim on your donations for that Tax year. Taxes such a VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. This also applies if you pay Tax on your savings, pension plan or investment income.

Work For Us

Although Scouting is delivered almost entirely by volunteers, Scouting does employ a number of part-time and full-time staff for programme development, site management and assist with in administrational roles. Just like our volunteers, these are great ways to help us make a difference. When vacancies arise you can find out about them here.

Current staff vacancies for East Somerset District Scouts

Scout Shop Manager – Click HERE for details

Current staff vacancies for the Scout Association UK

Vacancies for the Scout Association UK

Partnership Working

The Scout Association provides mutually beneficial partnership opportunities for corporate partners. Why Scouting Means Business By working together for the benefit of our members and your business, we can make a positive impact on lives and communities throughout the UK. Our combined network of youth members, leaders and parents is over 1.5 million (just over 3000 within East Somerset District Scouts). Our District management team have a successful track record in developing and managing projects that help you to utilise that network in a way that is beneficial to you. To see how Scouting can benefit your business, please contact James Divall: . Whatever industry you’re part of, and whatever your business does, our specially designed, sector specific resources give a flavour of how our network can enrich your business, your employees and your customers. Whether you are looking positive brand awareness, to educate young people and their families, engage with your community, innovative ways of training your staff, or simply seek allignment with a trusted and universally recognisable brand, then we should talk .

Volunteering Vacancies

Volunteer vacancies regularly become available throughout our District groups and within the District Programming and Support Team. We have many types of opportunities from supporting, leading, instructing, training and managing adults through to administration or leading the development and delivery of adventurous activities, events or specific projects. All of these volunteer roles are vital in helping us provide the most outstanding development opportunities to literally thousands of young people. Below is a list of Current District volunteer vacancies.

Roles available in East Somerset:

Supporting sections and activities within East Somerset District

We are looking to strengthen our Groups and their sections with leaders, Assistant Leaders and helpers for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers as well as adventurous activity specific roles. Our aim is to further develop Scouting for the young people so that it continues to grow and feels even more inclusive, relevant, exciting, empowering and imaginative.

Media & Marketing Manager / Team roles

If you are interested in marketing and communication and have the skills to help us get our message across, get in touch! Marketing and communications are vital in reaching prospective volunteers and supporting and ensuring we engage our 2,500 members effectively. We are looking for all sorts of people with Skills and experiences in internal communications, marketing/communication management and planning, public and media relations, public affairs, campaigning, advertising and promotion, graphic design, video production and editing, photography, social media marketing, websites, copywriting, data control and management, publishing, direct marketing, stakeholder engagement and corporate social responsibility, fundraising, events, etc. Drop us a line with your contact information to find out more or to express an interest. Provide a little bit of information about you and your background. We would love to hear from you.