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Help us, help them!

Volunteering

We need Adult Volunteers to keep the group running. No experience in Scouting is necessary! Training will be provided by Scouting Ireland and you’ll be working as part of a team with great supports from Scouting Ireland Support Teams. You just need to bring enthusiasm in helping young people and a love of the outdoors.

Volunteering with the 17th Dalkey means you’ll not only be improving the lives of young people but enhancing your own also. The benefits of volunteering in Scouting include making friends, learning new skills, and helping our local community flourish. You’ll have the oppertunity to take part in local, national and international events. And you’ll help change young people’s lives for the better.

Today, our Scout Groups involve over 35,000 young people and 12,000 volunteers across Ireland.

Children of active trained volunteers get priority on registration to sections.

What is involved?

The ideal commitment we are looking for is:

  • Commit to attending weekly section meetings during the school year. (20-30 meetings)
  • Attend quarterly section planning meetings.
  • attending outings on a weekend every 6-8 weeks (a couple of hours on a Saturday or Sunday for hikes etc.)
  • attend a couple of overnight camps per year
  • attending the required training (minimum one weekend)
  • complete Garda Vetting
  • stay with us for 3 years, so we can have some stability and
    experience as new people come on board.

This is the ideal commitment. Not everyone will be able to make every meeting, but the more volunteers we have the better we can handle a week when someone can’t attend.

What training is available?

Before you can work with youth members you must complete Scouting Ireland ‘Being A Scouter’ training. Being a Scouter, is a residential two day course for all new Programme Scouters, those with previous Scouting experience, and those who have none. Normally there will be large element of time spent in the out of doors during this course. Participants who arrive feeling they know very little about Scouting will go away with confidence, knowledge and ability; feeling a lot more “like a scout”, having experienced our method, our symbolism and our principles. The participant, who has already experienced Scouting as a Youth Member, will go away with a new outlook on how to achieve our Aim, and with the confidence to deliver Scouting as a Programme Scouter.

After this you are encouraged to continue with other training to learn additional skills.

Contact us for more details.

Volunteer Scouters at a training course
Adult Volunteers at a training course (© Scouting Ireland)

Start your Volunteering Adventure

With Scouting Ireland! Our volunteers are supported within their local Groups and our dedicated Group Support Team. You’ll receive first-class training and guidance to ensure you are encouraged and coached through your volunteering journey. You don’t need any previous experience of scouting, camping or the outdoors!

Volunteering with Scouting Ireland means you’ll not only be improving the lives of young people, but enhancing your own also. The benefits of volunteering at Scouting Ireland include making friends, learning new skills and helping your local community flourish.

Commitment

Typically volunteers working with young people will need to make a commitment to regularly attend activities:

Ideally we need adults to commit for at least a couple of years, to become familiar with the program and the young people.

Not everyone will be able to make every meeting, and peoples long term life plans change, so the more adult volunteers we have the better! Email [email protected] to find out more.

If this level of commitment doesn’t suit don’t worry – we always need help with maintenance, fundraising etc.

Volunteer Impact

Emotional Development

Contribute to the emotional development of young people. Our youth members have increased confidence, positivity, maturity and patience.

Personal Development

Influence the personal development of young people. Our youth members report increased teamwork, leadership, time management, independence, responsibility, respect and teaching.

Social Network

Volunteering with Scouting Ireland means being a part of our National and Global network while giving young people a chance to build better friendships and social skills.

Practical Skills

Learn and teach young people practical skills such as first aid, cooking, navigation, budgeting, problem-solving and critical thinking.