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Scout Leader

Scout Leader

Scout leaders are the volunteers who work directly with young people. They are the link between theory and practice. They are who encourage and monitor the development of each child, teenager, and young adult and who prepare activities so that they are challenging, beneficial, rewarding, and attractive.

Scout leaders may act in one of the four existing sections, based on age groups: Cub Scouts, Scouts, Senior Scouts, or Rover Scouts (known as Pioneer Scouts in Brazil). It is important for Scout leaders to identify with the section in which they act. To perform their roles well, they need to understand how to apply the Scout Method and the Educational Program of their respective sections.

It is essential for volunteers who act as Scout leaders to understand the importance of their role as an educator and of their personal example, as these are fundamental points of the Scout Method. The Scout leader must be a great motivator in young people’s development process, assisting them in feeling welcome, in their stages of progression, encouraging their pursuit of skill and proficiency badges, proposing attractive activities, individually mentoring members, and strengthening the relationship between the family and the Scout Group.

How to become a Volunteer

From the age of 18 on, anyone can be a volunteer in the Scout Movement. There is no maximum age limit. To do so, you just need to be available on activity and meeting days and be able to dedicate yourself to preparing those activities (two hours per week, on average), as well as love being in contact with nature, with children, adolescents and young adults, and share our Principles and Values.

If you meet these requirements, just find and get in touch with the Local Scout Unit closest to your home. It is that easy.

Volunteers – whether Scout leaders (who work directly with young people) or administrative leaders (who work in the Scout group’s administration) – are the link between theory and practice. It is they who encourage and monitor each young person’s development, and who prepare activities so that Scouts feel motivated and challenged. Adult are the tool through which Scouting takes place, enabling young people to be our Movement’s protagonist and focus.

To register as a member of the Scouting Union of Brazil, all volunteers need to take the Youth Protection Course. The training process, during which adults dedicate themselves to deepening their knowledge of each Section, takes place over the course of their Scouting life, with courses and readings being an essential element of that process.

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