Long-term opportunities

We’re looking for volunteers from all over the world who want to have fun, make friends and gain qualifications. Each year we recruit up to 100 volunteers from over 30 countries to help run our Scout Activity Centres across the UK.

What will I be doing?
Our volunteers help with all aspects of running our centres so no two days will ever be the same! You could be doing anything from leading a kayaking session to checking-in guests, cleaning lodges and bathrooms or running a wide game for 50 Scouts. You’ll be responsible for helping our visitors have a quality experience at Scout Activity Centres and going that extra mile to make their stay amazing.SRA_150620_110

Where will I be based?
You’ll get a spot at one of six Scout Activity Centres in the UK. Our Scout Activity Centres are in prime locations for people looking for outdoor adventure which means the view from your room could be anything from acres of beautiful woodland to lakes that stretch as far as the eye can see!

How long can I stay?
Our long-term volunteers stay for placements of two, five, eight or 12 months at a time. Available placements vary from centre to centre but our main volunteer intakes are in March for the summer season and September for the winter.

Our placement dates for 2016 are as follows:

Intake Arrival weekend Placement dates Departure weekend
June 2016 28th/29th May 5 months: 30th May – 28th October 29th/30th October
July 2016(Gilwell Park only) 11th/12th July 2 months: 15th July – 16th September 17th/18th September
September 2016 27th/28th August 8 months: 29th August – 28th April 2017


12 months: 29th August – 24th August 2017

29th/30th April 2017



25th/26th August 2017

What’s included?
In return for your hard work we’ll provide all food, accommodation and uniform for the duration of your placement. All volunteers also receive a weekly allowance to cover out-of-pocket expenses. You’ll receive comprehensive training and experience across a wide range of areas and the opportunity to attend accredited courses and gain recognised qualifications.


Can I apply?
Absolutely! You might be on a gap year, taking a break from the world of work or just looking to flex your volunteering muscles and get some work experience – either way we want to hear from you.

We don’t ask for specific qualifications or experience – we’re just looking for bags of energy and enthusiasm, a passion for creating safe and exciting experiences for our visitors and a willingness to be outdoors – whatever the weather!

Like what you’ve read so far?
To have a chat about what you might get up to please email volunteering.sac@scouts.org.uk or give us a ring on 0208 498 5300.

Ready to apply? Complete and return the Application Form

View our Volunteer with Us leaflet for further information.

Remember to follow us on Facebook /SACvolunteering and Twitter @volunteersSAC
What our volunteers say…

‘I have learnt so many valuable things including customer service skills and confidence in speaking to groups. Being a volunteer teaches you so much and it has been an incredible experience’ – Maggie, Canada

‘The best thing about volunteering for Scout Activity Centres was living and working with different people from around the world, sharing amazing moments and experiences’ – Chiara, Mexico

‘Running a great session will make your day – especially when the kids remember you and call your name later’ – Chia-Feng, Taiwan

‘My favourite thing about volunteering for Scout Activity Centres has been leading groups of young people and being part of an awesome team. This has been the best experience of my life’ – Jess, Australia

Volunteering be an instructor for the dayCome along to our ‘Be an Instructor for atheDay’ Event
9 Apr 10am-4pm
Where: Gilwell Park
Tickets: Book your FREE place
Try some new activities, take a look behind the scenes, meet our current volunteers and find out more about volunteering at Scout Activity Centres. View the Volunteering Instructor for the day leaflet for further information.

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