SCOUT ACTIVE SUPPORT (SAS)
WHAT IS SCOUT ACTIVE SUPPORT?
Scout Active Support (SAS) welcomes men and women aged 18 and over and of all interests, abilities and backgrounds. There is no requirement to have been involved in Scouting or Guiding before joining. All that is required is a willingness to volunteer some time to support local Scouting. SAS allows people to give their time to Scouting on a flexible basis, i.e. people can still be involved in Scouting without the full-time commitment of being a leader. It provides a resource for our Group which can use it in whichever way is required. To be a member of our SAS Unit, you must become a Member or an Associate Member of The Scout Association.
WHAT DOES THE UNIT DO?
Pretty much anything that the Group or sections need help with. This could be:
Extra cover where needed on an evening/activity at one of the junior sections
Attend a couple of weekly meetings to teach a certain skill or instruct a badge
Help loading/unloading/moving the trailer at camp, or help set up and break camp
Being part of the Marquee Squad
Provide assistance at camps
Helping at fundraising events
Being on the maintenance squad for the hut and Haddo
And so much more, as we think of things where help is needed.
WHAT DO WE ASK OF YOU?
To be flexible and willing to help as, where and when you can. That’s it !!! Just keep in touch with SAS Manager so they know who can help, and when at events organised.
DO I HAVE TO WEAR UNIFORM?
NO... The Unit may have uniformed members and if you wish to become a full member of the Association you can, but for Associate members they will only be asked to wear an identifying polo shirt or hoodie and a necker.
IS THERE ANY PAPERWORK TO COMPLETE?
Yes you must fill in an adult information form (AI) and a PVG form. There are 2 versions of PVG forms, one for if you have never been PVG’d before, and one for if you have. The SAS Manager or Group Scout Leader will advise what proof of ID is required for these.
Following the submission of the paperwork, you will be asked to an “Interview”. This is basically a friendly chat with a panel of fellow scouters to confirm you are suitable to be a helper within the Scout movement.
Following this all members of the SAS Unit must complete some online Scout training modules - No 1, Safety, Safeguarding and GDPR – each takes about 30 minutes to complete. You get a certificate to confirm completion, and the bonus is that this can all be done from the comfort of your own home!