How You Can Help
Scouting is an entirely voluntary organisation. Our leaders are professionally trained but not paid. The group therefore relies heavily on parents and members of our community to assist. We are mindful that everyone has other commitments and know you are often busy, however without support, the group can not exist. Areas that you can help include:
Become a Leader *
We are of course always very welcoming of anyone who would like to assist youth members by becoming a leader. If you think this may be something you would enjoy then please speak to our Group Leader. Being a leader provides great challenges and life experiences and is truly fun for everyone. All training and uniform costs are met by the Group and you may also obtain Certificates III and IV in management and leadership as Scouts Australia is a nationally accredited training organisation.
Parent Helper *
We encourage parent helpers to come and work with the leaders to run the meeting. We will endeavour to let you know before the meeting what activities we would like extra help with but really appreciate parents just getting involved with the kids and helping out with everything.
Fundraising / Social Committee
Support the work of our leaders through social activities and fundraising. You may take an active role and attend regular meetings or maybe your time is currently limited but you can offer occasional assistance. We are also always seeking people to undertake one off tasks through the year so this is a great way to help.
The fees paid by each child are insufficient to cover the upkeep of the hall or the purchase of new equipment and so, like most organisations, we must fundraise.
When you join 1st Belmont it is an expectation that you participate in fundraising activities whenever you are able. We always attempt to make these events fun and to raise funds from outside the 1st Belmont community. For a different opportunity you could volunteer to work in the Scout Op Shop in Belmont as each volunteer who nominates 1st Belmont as their group is "paid" a generous hourly rate which goes direct to our fundraising budget. Please speak to our Group Leader for further information. Perhaps an older relative or friend may be interested in working in the shop on your/our behalf.
Be part of a team to organise and maintain our scouting activity equipment
Identify and prepare funding submissions
Help out with odd jobs around our halls as required
Be part of a roster of volunteers to help keep the hall and grounds clean. Alternatively, maybe you can hang around while your child is attending their section meeting and do some housekeeping - check the kitchen is clean, maybe the floor needs sweeping or the toilets need a clean - we do not have a cleaner so all these tasks come down to volunteers.
* Child safety is of course of paramount importance, so these roles require adults to have a current Working With Children card and Police Check prior to starting. (We can assist with both and we cover the cost :-) )