Scouts isn't just for youth members. In fact, our Adult Leaders and volunteers play an important role in the Association, sharing their love of adventure and desire to enrich young people’s lives.

Leaders are the backbone of Scouting, and are dedicated volunteers who care about the guidance and development of the young people in their Section as well as the community in which they live. They are responsible for helping to devise and deliver programs that support young people in reaching their potential.

Not only do Leaders help youth members develop valuable skills in an environment of responsible risk-taking, but they themselves develop a variety of skills in leadership, project management and event planning.

No prior experience is necessary to become a Scout Leader. All Leaders undergo training on all aspects of youth leadership, program planning, safety and other requirements. They are also given resources of program ideas to help them get started.

All adult leaders and supporters are volunteers. They may be extended some privileges by the Group (subsidised uniforms, cut-rate fees for their children, Scout Association training courses paid for) in acknowledgement for the work they do.


To become a Leader a person must: 


  • Be at least 18 years of age 

  • Be of excellent character;

  • Attend an Introduction to Scouting and Sign Up Meeting

  • Attend training courses:  

What training do I do? 

Leaders undertake Basic and Advanced training in working with young people, learning the basics of Scouting, leadership, safety and program planning. Training usually takes place during weekends.

Leaders also undertake training to complete Advanced Training in three years.

Depending on training Leaders do, they could be awarded a nationally recognised Certificate III, IV or Diploma. This can give Leaders some advance standing in certain further education courses and employment opportunities Australia-wide.


Basic Training – Complete basic and sectional e-learning and attend a basic practical weekend course.
-  Advanced Training – Complete advanced e-learning and attend an advanced practical weekend course.  


Enquiries for leadership at Gumdale Scout Group can be made to the Group Leader or group Chairperson.  All inquiries will be treated in confidence and without obligation. 


As a last note, it should be said that leadership in Scouting develops your own personal skills, abilities and confidence far above your current level. So why not give it a go on a temporary basis and see if it suits you, again there is no obligation to put on a uniform until straight away.