Scouting is a voluntary organisation and we rely heavily on parent support. If you are not prepared to give this support, perhaps you should reconsider your decision to have your family join Scouts. The level of support given will depend on the individual circumstances of each family.
Regular help is needed for:
Special Skill: If you have a skill that maybe of interest to the youth members that you may be able to run on one or two nights a year (ie wood working, mechanic, stamp collector, cooking etc). Leaders are always after different programming ideas and assistance to run of a night time. Or you may know someone else to has a unique skill.
Transport: Occasionally the Scouts will need to be transported to the activities included in our programs.
Hall Maintenance: It is important that the place in which our children gather is clean, hygienic and safe. Assistance will be required for mowing lawns, the regular maintenance tasks with perhaps an annual working bee for the larger jobs.
Parent Roster: Leaders can always do with an extra pair of hands, eyes and ears.
Fundraising: Organising or assisting at fundraising activities.
Group Committee: The really hard work of building the Scout Hall and providing most major resources has already been done by past committee members.
Current parent committee members attend monthly meetings to assist the Group Leader in the management of the Group’s resources and may also be involved in planning social events for the group. It is expected that every family will be represented at least once on the Group Committee or as a Parent Helper during their child’s time in Scouts.
Helensvale Scouts encourages the involvement and assistance of parents. As the Group is run by Volunteers, we always need people willing to become Leaders and/or take up the many vital “behind the scenes” roles.
Fundraising is an essential way in which the Group stays viable. It enables us to purchase much needed materials and equipment and to help subsidise our members to attend major scouting events such as Jamborees. It is therefore expected that the parents of our youth members will actively participate in fundraising activities throughout the year such as our regular Sausage Sizzle, Trivia Night and Garage Sale. We greatly appreciate all parents assisting where they are able and all families are placed into a Patrol to work with other parents on various tasks throughout the year.
All parent helpers are asked to fill in an Adult Supporter form (A60) and also a Volunteer Blue Card form. This will allow you to assist on meeting nights, on camps and to help transport children to and from events. Our Committee meets every month and we welcome your involvement and suggestions.
Becoming a Leader
Leadership is not for everyone, but if it interests you, please speak to any one of the Leaders. They will tell you that they get just as much fun out of it as the kids, and a very real sense of achievement by doing something worthwhile for our young people and the community.
Associate Leader: An Associate Leader is a parent helper who has undertaken a subset of the same training courses as the Leaders, and wears the Scout uniform.