Become A Leader

Are you self-motivated?
Are you interested in helping train the leaders of tomorrow?

If you are, then we need you!

Being a leader is a rewarding job. There's no money, but you get paid in a different way. Along the way you'll meet new people, learn new skills and have fun. If you have kids in scouting you'll get to spent quality time with them. In fact, over fifty percent of Australian scout leaders are parents and they only have to put in a few hours a week (except for camps). You must be between 18 and 55 years of age. Uniform and training costs are provided by the group so if you live locally, why not give it a go?

One way for parents who have a child in the group to start out is to become Parent Helpers. Being a parent helper gives a prospective leader an introduction to the operation of a section (Ie. Cub section, Scout section, Etc.) and allows them to work with the leaders and learn some of the basics of becoming a leader.

General leader descriptions - What a leader does

Responsibilities:

  • Plan an engaging, fun and diverse weekly program for the youth members.
  • Ensure adequate adult supervision of all activities.
  • Work in cooperation with other leaders, assistant leaders and parent helpers to ensure the best possible outcome for the youth membership.Establish and maintain friendly relationships with parents involving them where appropriate in the group activities and also explain to them the principles of Scouting and the reasons behind the program.

Time commitments for a solo section leader:

  • Attendance of weekly meetings during term times. 2-3 hours per week.
  • Planning and preparation of weekly meetings. 1-2 per hours week.
  • Group Leaders meeting each term. 1-2 hours per term.
  • Term planning with other leaders and helpers in your section. 2-4 hours per term.
  • Optional Monthly district leaders meeting. 2-3 hours each month.

We ask that when considering if this is right for you to keep in mind that the more leaders there are in a section the easier the workload per person and the fewer hours that are required!

Here is a short article from husband and wife team, Ian and Sharon Mills, who are both former leaders with Helensburgh Scouts....

A few years ago, we heard that Helensburgh Scouts were considering closing down - we wanted to help out in some way so that it wouldn’t fold. We had both been involved in Scouts and Guides as young kids and had fond memories of going on Camps, Activities, etc. At first we didn’t know in what capacity we would be able to help but thought we would enquire nevertheless.
Ian Counsell (Cub Scouts Leader) invited us to a meeting to discuss what was required to keep the Scouts operational. We quickly found out that they required more leaders. We both decided to throw ourselves into completing the Training and we started to attend pack meetings.

I have to say that it has been the best thing for our family. Both our girls attend and we can do things as a family. In this era, doing things as a family is something we have really cherished. The scout movement places a lot of emphasis on family involvement and we have had many outings with other’s within the group and its been great to get to know more people in our local area. The best thing about being a leader is the pleasure that the kids have and in return give us. It’s nice to see kids in the street and they stop to say hi and say things like, we had a really great time at the camp.

We have a lot of fun and try to incorporate a lot of variety in our programming. We started with 15 cubs a couple of years ago and have grown to 36 Cubs and 9 Scouts, with a waiting list for Cubs, so I guess we (and all the other leaders) must be doing something right. Our next aim is to build Scouts up to be a strong group, we need to do this so that all these enthusiastic kids from Cubs have somewhere to go in the next few years.

Helensburgh is one of the oldest Scout Groups in the region and it feels great to be part of that rich heritage.