There are many jobs for Leaders in Scouts Australia. You may become a leader of a Mob, Pack, Troop or Unit which involves varying degrees of program planning and weekly meetings.
You may have a certain interest in adventurous activities such as abseiling or water activities and become a leader at an activity centre.
Or you may have management skills, and want to be a leader of adults.
Leaders of Youth (Section Leaders)
Leaders of Joey Mobs, Cub Packs, Scout Troops and Venturer Units need to allocate one night a week for the group meeting during school term time. You may also need to attend camping or other trips on some weekends a year.
As a leader you will be given training and support by other leaders from Scouts Australia, and be given resources of program ideas. You will be trained in all aspects of Youth Leadership, Program Planning, Safety and other requirements.
Before you are permitted to work with young people you will have to undergo interviews and reference checks, have a police check and obtain a Working with Children Card.
What Training Do I Have to Do?
As a Leader, you must undertake Basic and Advanced training in working with young people, including learning the basics of Scouting, leadership, safety and program planning.
This training is a Scouting standard all over the world, and is known as the Wood Badge.
Scouts Australia is a registered training organisation. Training that you complete may assist you in further career and other opportunities.
Training can be mostly completed online through the Scouts Australia Institute of Training E-Learning system, however there is a practical component to training also. This includes in section training, working on weeknights to develop your skills, as well as a technical skills weekend, and an outdoor skills weekend.
What is the Cost?
There is no cost involved for volunteer leaders. Training expenses are covered by our group.
You will have to purchase your own uniform (but the cost of this is reimbursed by the group after 12 months satisfactory service as a leader). Depending on your involvement, you may also need to purchase (or borrow) some of your own equipment from time to time, especially for outdoor activities.
I don't have time to be a leader full-time. What else can I do?
Many people don't have the time to commit to being a leader. This doesn't mean you can't help out!
If you want to assist with the section, but can only afford a few nights a term, you may consider becoming a regular parent helper. This position does require some very basic training online, but allows you to "get hands on" with the section, and gain some valuable skills, even while not becoming a leader. This is a great pathway if you are unsure about committing to becoming a leader just yet.
If your skills are better suited behind the scenes, we are always looking for people to join our group committee. This hard working team is the glue behind what we do. The committee meets every month on a suitable night for 2 hours, and it is here that we coordinate working bees, fundraising, hall maintenance and other matters.
In either case, a working with children check and police clearance may be required. If you have questions about this, please get in touch.
What do I do next?
More information about becoming a leader can be found at http://www.vicscouts.com.au/leaders.html