Blog | Why I volunteer
Amy, 16, who recently spoke at the NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) Evolve conference, tells us why she volunteers at Scouts...
A bit about me...
I’m 16 and come from North London. I have been involved in Scouting for the past eight years and I’ve been a Young Leader for two years. I also volunteer with a charity called Mentor UK, which deals with alcohol and drug misuse prevention. I hope to study geography at university and teach the subject at secondary school.
I volunteer with Scouts for a lot of reasons. First of all, it’s fun; it’s exciting and I get to meet lots of new people. I’m a Young Leader with a Cub Pack and I can’t see my life without Scouting – I spend almost all my spare time there!
Volunteering with Scouts is relevant and useful for young people because you get experience that will help with both job hunting and university. I also get qualifications like DofE and I develop skills as well as make new contacts with people that might be able to help me get a job.
Volunteering is also great becauseI get to share the knowledge and skills I’ve gained through Scouting with other young people. I can see that I am having a big impact on young people’s lives and the fact that Scouts night is their favourite night of the week is really rewarding.
Scouts has made me more confident and I’ve learned loads of leadership skills. It’s prepared me to become an adult volunteer, helped me at school and given me the confidence to talk to new people and make new friends.
Scouting could be even bigger. With more volunteers, we could engage more young people across wider communities.
Scouting mostly spreads through word of mouth at the moment so we could use digital technology to engage even more young people. We need to get it out there and tell people that there are great opportunities at Scouts and tell them that it is important to volunteer and that it can have a really positive impact on your life. It is not just about helping others in the community but about developing your own skills too.
Are you aged 14-25? If so, you can volunteer as a Community Impact leader and help us make a difference to even more people’s lives – find out how.
If you’re already a young volunteer with Scouts, tell us why you love it: #whyiscout.