You need to be an action man like Bear Grylls to be a Scout Leader…. Right?

Posted on 9 December 2018

What a load of Woggle!!!!

If I had a £1 for every time I heard this I would be telling the Apprentices… You’re Fired!

For a start three of our four sections are all headed up by fantastic female leaders, none of which look like Bear Grylls 🙂 however they all have the same drive and determination of a SAS soldier and adventurer!

But this is still a common misconception amongst those not connected to the Scout association, it’s all middle-aged men in shorts tying knots and singing ging-gang-goolie (what ever that is anyway?) I cannot think of anything further from the truth, we are a forward thinking and modern Scout group. Today’s Scouting could be as much about enriching mental health, developing modern day skills, like coding or website design as it is to knowing knots and sharpening pocket knives.

The leadership team at the 8th Tonbridge Scout Group [based in Hildenborough] are looking at expanding its current leadership team across all sections and we think you have the skills we are looking for. We are not looking for the next Bear Grylls, we are looking for enthusiastic adults, with a thirst for adventure, enjoy having fun & learning new skills. You must be interested in developing the young people of Hildenborough, whether that be through bringing in fresh new ideas, passing on your skills/knowledge or just bringing a youthful and adventurous attitude to the group.

If you’re still here and reading this far down, it seems you’re already showing a significant interest in joining us. So who are the team already based at Hildenborough Scout Group? Well everyone is a volunteer, just like you, they all have busy family lives and jobs, they all understand the demands on modern life. They are no different to you…. We were all in your position once, on the outside looking in.

We have a wide and diverse team at Hildenborough that bring different skillsets to the group, we have company directors, mechanics, city bankers, engineers, teachers, medical researchers, builders, aerospace technicians, coach builders & stay at home parents to name just a few occupations. They all bring such a different viewpoint to the group and its this attitude that makes us such a dynamic and over subscribed Scout Group in the area. Yes we have leaders that climb mountains, cycle across Europe, run marathons, complete obstacle courses for fun, its not so much what they do, but more that they are inspiring the young people to push themselves beyond their believed limits. There are no restrictions on religion, race, gender or ability we are fully inclusive.

Q – Is it all just hiking and camping?

At 8th Tonbridge our young people do almost everything yes getting out camping and outdoor pursuits is a big part, but we do not restrict ourselves to what has been before, we set new goals.

Q – If I show an interest, am I suddenly the Scout leader with loads of children under my responsibility?

No you will compliment our already established team of leaders and assistants, of course later on you may well want to take on more responsibilities and leadership roles.

Q – Will I have to complete loads of training and checks?

All our Adults in Scouting are checked through the Government DBS system, you will also have to undergo a few hours training in child protection and safeguarding. However you will always be with more experienced leaders, not chucked in on your own.

Q – Will I have to wear a uniform?

We are a uniformed organisation and our section heads will be in uniform, as a general team member it is not absolutely necessary, a number of our leaders just wear either a polo shirt or hoodie to show they are part of the leadership team or like our fellow leader HRH Kate a nice roll neck sweater 🙂

 

So what do you need to do?

If you want to come along and be part of a dynamic energetic team of volunteers then drop us an email in the first instance, perhaps telling us a little about yourself (Its not a job interview!) and outline why you want to join our team. We will then arrange a drop in session at one of our evenings so you can meet some our team. Its great fun and I guarantee you will learn new skills.

We look forward to hearing from you. 8thtonbridgescouts@gmail.com

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