I am sure you have all been in that situation where people talk about their roles in scouting. The same two hours a week joke is pushed out and mocked by everyone who holds a current role. Then the Mosting starts,
- Well I am not sure what Scout Association is going to do now. I don’t have any room left on my card for my new appointment.
- You have a night at home wow! well this week I am at beavers Monday, cubs Tuesday, scouts Wednesday, district meeting Thursday, explorers Friday, camp Saturday and then Sunday I am helping on that training course.
- Well I could possible help on that weekend. However, it will be the 5 weekend in a row that I have not been at home.
I am sure you have all heard many more similar comments.
While I accept we are struggling for leaders and there are young people on the waiting list across the country. Does one person doing every role with a quarter of their effort and moaning about it make for a good solution.
I have one role. Sometimes when I tell people this they look at you like your not doing your bit because they have 4 or 5 roles. However, my logic is that I have one scouting role, a job and a family. I already have to split my time into thirds. A third to Scouting, a third to my job and a third to my family. In each one of those thirds, I commit 100% of that third to the given party. If I have four scouting roles then you can only give 25% of your available scouting time to each role.
There is nothing to say that the role you have taken on won’t take up 25% of your time. For example, maybe you are the Explorer Leader and you become a Duke of Edinburgh Assessor. That makes sense, you can manage your time such that when you’re doing your assessor role your Explorers are there being assessed two birds one stone and all that.
Now at this point, someone is going to be shouting at the screen “OK clever clogs what’s your solution to keeping my group running” and the answer is I don’t have one.
I have some suggestions
Looking in the right place.
If all else fails you decide to place an advert somewhere looking for help
” HELP ME PLEASE I AM DROWNING IN A SEA OF SCOUTS………………”
How you say and where you say it is key. I would suggest looking at a site like Do-it this site www.do-it.org.uk is a volunteer recruitment website so half the battle is completed those people who are looking at the site are looking for volunteering positions. They want to help out, you just entice them to support you.
“TWO HOURS A WEEK AND ALL THE MARSHMALLOWS YOU CAN EAT”
who could refuse that?
No matter which option you look at or the many other options available the key is to understand that it is in the way you ask for help, none of these options will work unless
- You understand what exactly what help you need and you tell people exactly what help you want.
- Your able to let go, once you have given that task to someone else.
- Accept that if it is one hour or fifty hours the support they give is valid and useful.
- Right Royal Flexible Volunteering (jabbering.co.uk)
- Duchess of Cambridge Scouting volunteer: Scout Association’s Bear Grylls happy (examiner.com)
- U.K.’s newest Scouter: Kate Middleton (scoutingmagazine.org)
- Kate Middleton Covers ‘Scouting’ Magazine (celebs.gather.com)
- Kate Middleton: A Royal, Scouting Role Model (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Flexible volunteering (johncmay.net)
- Why flexible volunteering is for everybody (Chief Commissioners Blog – scouts.org.uk)
- Kate Lands Scouts Magazine Cover (people.com)