Durham City District

Leaders are the public face of Scouting - they all come from different backgrounds and bring different skills to their Groups. Previous Scouting experience is not a requirement for being a good leader - leaders do however need an enthusiasm for helping young people learn and develop.

Scouting in the United Kingdom is organised in Scout Groups, Scout Districts, Scout Counties and Country Headquarters.

All Scout leaders are unpaid volunteers, many have full time jobs and full social lives. Adults aged 18 years and over can be accepted into the scout movement subject to CRB check, references and final approval. Groups are often keen to make occasional use of other adults with specialist interests they want to share with young people - if you think you may be able to help do get in touch.

When an adult decides to become a leader, a training plan is developed with a mentor and full appointment is issued after 3 initial training modules have successfully been completed. They are then on your way to becoming a fully qualified leader and receiving their Wood badge.

Becoming a leader is a great way to put something back into the community. It is highly rewarding to help develop young people and will probably develop skills that you never knew you had! Being a Leader starts with a commitment of about an hour a week. As you get more involved this may increase but it doesn't have to!

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