Why you need to read this…

Adult volunteers are crucial to the success of scouting across South London as without volunteers scouting simply wouldn’t exist. With this in mind we realise it is important for us all to know what we can expect of each other.

The purpose of this volunteering agreement is to ensure that you know and understand the policies, processes and best practices of The Scout Association. Please take some time to read this intentionally detailed 'booklet' which pulls together important information from various sources to provide you with the information you need to know as a volunteer in scouting.

This agreement is best used in conjunction with the Policies, Organisation and Rules of The Scout Association (referred to as POR), available to download from www.scouts.org.uk/por

If there is anything you do not understand or require further clarification on, please speak to your volunteer line manager

South London Scouts

Greater London South County Scout Council, known as South London Scouts, is an unincorporated association (registered charity no. 303883) constituted in accordance with the rules of The Scout Association. It exists to provide leadership, advice and support for its scout districts and scout groups (autonomous charities within the provisions of the same rules), in the area covered by the London Boroughs of Royal Greenwich, Lewisham, Southwark, Lambeth and Wandsworth.

South London Scouts engages over 1,500 volunteers who carry out a variety of roles at county, district and group level and we recognises the important contribution our volunteers make to the ongoing success of scouting in our local communities. We believe in investing in all our volunteers, and aim to provide appropriate ongoing support and training to enable you to develop your skills in order to enhance your volunteering work within scouting across Greater London South Scout County.

This agreement seeks to:

  • identify how South London Scouts and its Districts appoints and involves volunteers,

  • demonstrate our strong commitment to supporting our volunteers,

  • clarify what volunteers can expect from South London Scouts and its Districts and Groups and in return what is expected of them,

  • signpost volunteers to a range of policies and resources that have been designed to support their engagement within South London Scouts on a local and national level.

We are committed to making sure that anyone volunteering their time with scouting are able to do so in an enjoyable and safe environment. We recognise our duty of care to all volunteers when performing their role and taking part in our activities. We therefore promote the highest standards of transparency and accountability in everything we do. These standards are set out in our values and vision, as well as in this volunteering agreement and our national policies and procedures.