Our programs are powered by people like you!
Do you …
- Enjoy the outdoors?
- Have the desire to learn new skills?
- Like to make new friends?
- Want to spend quality time with your children?
If you said yes to the above then you have found the right place!
What does Scouting do for youth?
Scouting volunteers have provided generations of Canadian youth with a first opportunity to sleep in a tent, to experience leadership and to build self-reliance and self-confidence. Volunteer dedication, resourcefulness and enthusiasm are vital to Scouting.
Why is Scouting a great volunteer experience?
Many people are looking for ways to develop skills that help them achieve personal and professional goals. Scouting has a long tradition of providing such opportunities.
Helping at meetings/activities
Parents help out at activities or meetings throughout the year. If there are areas you would like to help out with, everything from helping with crafts, taking part in indoor campfires to planning events and participating in hikes, camps, etc., please let your youth’s leaders know! Or you can contact your area of 26th Halifax by email and let them know what you can help with!
Becoming a leader (or Scouter as we call them)
- A fully trained leader completes thorough online and experiential learning in understanding youth, program planning, leadership and risk management
- Scouting offers many opportunities to develop marketing, communication, financial management and fundraising skills
- Scouts Canada also offers excellent volunteer development courses
What does it mean to be a Scouter
- The majority of training is done online through Scouts Canada’s training program, which has a number of presentations with multiple choice tests to confirm understanding. The information is straight forward and easy to understand! Most of us take the training after our kids go to bed; while it’s not exactly an HBO series it helps us all change the lives of youth!
- There is a criminal record/vulnerable services sector check step which all prospective leaders must do – this is a matter of simply requesting the checks and providing them to our Group Registrar.
- You supply several personal reference checks – people who know you and can speak to your character.
- The final step is a short interview with our group commissioner, to confirm information around the program and talk about your interest in participating!
- There is also mentoring from experienced leaders as part of training.
You can be committed as much as you want — or are able — to be. Becoming a leader doesn’t mean you are obligated to partake in hours of planning and attending every week’s meeting! It means you are able to help us maintain our leader/cub ratio, perhaps take the lead on a some topics that are covered in an activity or meeting, come to some meetings in the fall and winter and attend a camp/hike/activity if you are so inclined. You can also be involved in helping with logistics and planning, etc. Your level of involvement is up to you – but as a volunteer organization, the more people who help the better the outcomes are for our youth!