This week is National Volunteers Week and I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the dedicated volunteers who make Scouting happen in Scotland. Across the UK, adults involved Scouting contribute in excess of 364 million hours of voluntary work each year to their local communities.
It is thanks to our 8222 adult volunteers in Scotland that we can offer life changing adventure to nearly 40,000 young people. Our membership has grown year on year for the last ten years and without our volunteers that would just not be possible.
Our volunteers fill many different roles; from Leaders working each week with young people to Committee members working quietly behind the scenes to parents helping out on an infrequent basis. In addition to making sure that Scouting delivers fun and adventurous programmes each week in a safe environment these adults also organise and run camps and plan and run a whole range of different activities like abseiling, coding, zorbing and much, much more.
Our volunteers are helping to prepare Scotland’s young people to be active citizens, to make a positive impact in their communities and to embrace and contribute to social change.
To put it simply, Scouting could not take place without our dedicated volunteers. I offer my thanks and the thanks of all our youth members to anyone who makes Scouting possible.