Scout Groups are the basic units of Scouting for the first three Sections (Beavers, Cubs and Scouts), for young people aged 6 to 14 years. Chris Hawes from Watford North Scouts tells #TeamHerts Volunteering what it is like to volunteer for such a prestigious organisation.
Where do you volunteer and for how long have you been doing it?
I’ve been volunteering with Scouting for 10 years, and I am the current Treasurer of the 9th North Watford Scout Group, and Media and Communications Manager for Watford North Scouts.
I have had several different roles over this period – being an Assistant Scout Leader, running a Cub Pack, and I am now an executive committee member looking after media and communications for the District. I have moved between these roles as scouting is flexible to meet the needs of its volunteers - my life and work has changed over the past decade, so the volunteering I have been able to do has changed as well!
How did you get in to volunteering and what do you do?
I got into volunteering with the Scouts because I was a Beaver, Cub, and Scout myself when I was young and so wanted to give something back to my community and pass on the skills, knowledge and experiences I was able to gain when I was younger.
My current roles include helping my Scout Group run effectively, and enables leaders to concentrate on providing great scouting adventures to the young people, and helping communicate the amazing things that young people across Watford get to do every week.
I have also raised over £1,000 for local Scouting by running the London Triathlon with my dad and brother as part of a relay team.
What do you enjoy about your volunteer role, how does it benefit you?
I have enjoyed all of my roles in scouting, with my current roles enabling me to support our leaders in helping young people flexibly and fit it within my lifestyle. As Media and Communications Manager, I get to hear about all the amazing things that Scouts do across Watford and help more join the scouting adventure and learn skills for life.
What difference are you making by volunteering?
Scouting changes lives by offering 6 to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities.
Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. We help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity and experience the wider world.
There are so many roles that are needed in a modern charity, and we need volunteers to help fill them all! My roles in particular help our leaders do all of this for our young people.
If someone was interested in finding out more about the organisations you volunteer for, how could they get in touch?
To find out more about Scouting in Watford North, people can visit our website and follow us on social media. They can also email us to get involved!
Twitter : www.twitter.com/WNScouts