All of the youth sections are run by unpaid adult volunteers. The age range for Leader appointments is 18 and upwards; there is no upper age limit.

We welcome any adult regardless of their background, culture, gender, disability, religion, or sexual orientation. Our volunteers have a range of skills and experiences and come from all walks of life.

Being responsible for the well-being of young people in Scouting means volunteers must be of sound character and have the qualities to equip them for the trust placed upon them. The Scout Association has an effective, well-tried and tested system for vetting adults coming into the Movement to protect young people. The Scout Association requires its Leaders to be checked through the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) enhanced disclosure system.

For all adult roles in Scouting training and support is provided. Appointments are made on the basis of an individual’s skills, ability and suitability to take on a role.

The Scout Association’s Adult Training Scheme has achieved official recognition for its quality. Many employers recognise the relevance of the skills taught by the Scout Leader Training Scheme to the workplace.

Like all those in Scouting aged 18 and over, adult leaders wear a uniform consisting of a ‘stone’ shirt and blue activity trousers, together with their Group or District neckerchief. On formal occasions  smart blue trousers or skirts can be worn.

Leaders Uniform

Leaders News

County Standard

The County standard is something all Groups can apply for. The requirements and application form for it can be downloaded by clicking on the badge below.

Download the County Standard form

Adult Training Resources

Please click on the link below to go to the national scout website page for the adult training modules and work books or the button below to download a blank witness testimony form.

Adult Training Resources

Safeguarding Awarness Training

Witness Testimony


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