Leadership and Volunteering at Flagstaff Hill
Adult Leaders and Adult Helpers
So… you’re considering becoming a Leader within Scouting, and more importantly with the Flagstaff Hill Scout Group.
We have assembled this information to help you understand the role, and commitments required.
At present you’ll either be helping regularly in a particular Section or considering doing so.
The next steps involve some paperwork, police checks and then once accepted some Leader training.
Discussion with our Group Leader to discuss:
Completion of the A1 – Adult Member Application form, which includes the National Police Check and Working with Children Check.
Prior to becoming a Leader in Scouting you need to complete a Police Check. All Leaders undertake a 3 yearly check to ensure the safety of our members.
You will then be able to be invested as a Leader in Scouting.
All Leaders in Scouting are required to complete Scout training which helps teach you about the Scout method and running exciting Scouting programs.
They also teach you about important aspects of Scouting such as Policies, Rules, Guidelines
Most Scouting training is now conducted electronically using our e-learning system through www.sait.scouts.com.au.
There is also the requirement for a 3 day Basic course held on a Sunday, then a fol-lowing Saturday-Sunday.
There is some paperwork involved, but at the end you will have achieved your Basic Scout Training.
Scouts Australia is an accredited RTO so Scout Leader training can actually earn you Cert III and IV qualifications.
Once your Basic Training is done you can continue your personal development with Advanced Training – however the main aim is to get everyone through their Basic train-ing to begin with!
Very rarely do we recruit “Leaders” straight out. We endeavour to recruit “Assistant Leaders” to work as part of a team of Leaders within a Section. That way you work with a team to run the section.
As a Leader within the Group we do expect you to work as part of the Leader team for your section.
This may involve (but not limited to) preparing and running programs, assisting at camps and activities, supporting Group events and more.
There will be some meetings to attend out-side of your section meeting, such as
- Your section activities (obviously!) including camps, outings, activities and much more
- Training course (as previously mentioned 3 days residential)
- Group Council (held 6 times a year with all the other Leaders in the Group – great information sharing opportunity!
- Section meetings such as programming evenings
The Scout Group supports all of our Leaders in return for their commitment and dedication for signing up to help out!
- Your fellow Leaders are here to provide support and guidance and answer any questions you may have!
- Leaders are not expected to (but are still allowed to) participate in fund-raising and other such activities.
- Fees for children of Leaders are dramatically reduced (you pay one term of fees instead of four)
- All Leader expenses in regards to training, uniform etc are covered by the Scout Group.
- Section funds allow Leaders to purchase items required for meeting nights (ie no out of pocket expenses should be required).