A new way to volunteer for Scouting in Irthlingborough

Tuesday 15th February 2011 the 103rd Anniversary of Scouting in Irthlingborough will see the launch of Scout Active Support, a new way of allowing Adult volunteers to support and get involved with local Scouting.

Scout Active Support was launched in September 2009 and is the new name for Scout Fellowship, a Scout Section for adults aged 18 upwards who wish to use the skills they already have and to develop new skills to support local Scouting.

Scout Active Support was launched in September 2009 and is the new name for Scout Fellowship, a Scout Section for adults aged 18 upwards who wish to use the skills they already have and to develop new skills to support local Scouting.


For over thirty years Scout Fellowship has played an important role in helping provide the excitement and fun of Scouting to young people across the UK.

Although there has never been any Scout Fellowship in Irthlingborough the Group’s rapid expansion now requires that there are better lines of communication in order to ensure that the weekly Leadership Team are provided with the support they require whilst facilitating large scale events and activities for the Young People of Irthlingborough.

So what is Scout Active Support?

With Scouting becoming more popular than ever, and Adult volunteering increasing at the fastest rate for 23 years, just as many girls as boys now joining. 100,000 Scout volunteers give up their time to provide adventurous activities for 400,000 6-25 year olds.

Despite this, demand still outstrips supply and waiting lists remain at an all-time high due to the need for more Adult volunteers. This is no different in Irthlingborough than across the rest of the UK.

Whilst many Adults may not have the time or experience to commit to a full time Leadership role, Scout Active Support aims to fill that gap. If you are an ex-Scout who can only commit to support Irthlingborough Scouts on one occasion a year or somebody who is new to Scouting but does not want to volunteer as a Leader then you can help! If you would like to assist in areas where you already have skills or would like to develop new skills to support the Young People of Irthlingborough Scout Group, then you can help!

What’s in it for YOU as an individual?

By volunteering for Scouting you not only benefit by supporting Young People, you also gain from developing your own skills.

Your personal development could come through sharing the experiences of Young People or if you choose, from learning new specialist skills, many of which are recognised in the professional training world. Irthlingborough Scout Group’s Executive Committee are committed to supporting individuals who are willing to develop their own skills in order to provide the Young People of Irthlingborough with experience that will benefit them Physically, Intellectually, Spiritually and Socially.

Additionally, there will be a social side to Scout Active Support. Whether it is an evening of Ten Pin Bowling, a days walk in the hills or a white-water rafting experience; you can choose. Our aim is to meet on the last Thursday of each month for a short get-together where the latest information will be disseminated followed by some form of activity or just a drink at a local pub.

BCome and join us at our inaugural meeting on Tuesday 15th February 2011 at 8.00 pm at Irthlingborough Scout HQ for a short presentation, cheese and wine and to meet some of those who have already seen the benefits of Scout Active Support that will take Irthlingborough Scout Group forward.