Sarah didn’t think she had the confidence to become a Cub Scout Leader but after helping out at her sons’ group, she decided it was time to take on the challenge and get more involved. She tells us more about it.

“I always knew that if I had children, they would join Scouts, and they have. However, Scouting only happens when people volunteer their time, so I wanted to do my bit.

“I would often offer to help at my sons’ group whenever I could. One of the Leaders commented that I seemed keen to get involved, and suggested becoming a Section Assistant. It sounded interesting, but I didn’t have much faith in my ability to be a Leader.

“We are fortunate to have really great leaders in our group, and I didn’t think I could do what they do. I don’t think I am very outgoing or confident. After consideration though, I realised I shouldn’t compare myself to others and decided to challenge myself and give it a go.

“I am now working towards becoming an Assistant Cub Scout Leader. I’ve had lots of guidance on the training I need to carry out for my role and have been on a first aid course, attended a skills day and will soon attend a course on supporting young people and working with adults. The other Leaders have been so helpful and supportive.

“What I enjoy most, is seeing children enjoying their time at Cubs. Whether they’re making something, trying climbing or sailing for the first time, working together to solve a problem, or just playing in the woods – it’s just good to see them engaging with each other and their environment. I feel worthwhile when I can help a Cub Scout learn new skills. It’s lovely just to spend time with them too.

“Volunteering can enrich your life. Volunteering in Scouts has helped me with my confidence. I’ve made new friends and become part of a community.

“It doesn’t have to be a time-consuming commitment – you can help a little or a lot, just what you can manage. It all makes a difference!