Why I Lead
Leaders are the lifeblood of the Scouting Movement, doing their part to support thousands of children and young people to grow and develop through Scouts. As an organisation run by over 3,800 volunteer Leaders, there’s no stressing how important they are to Scouting. There are many reasons to become an Adult Leader - the personal satisfaction of helping young people to achieve their goals is immense, and your sense of personal achievement when you help them through a hurdle is nearly as strong as theirs!
Scouting offers adults a host of rewarding opportunities to help make a difference in young people’s lives. You’re never too old to join the adventurous life of Scouting, even if you haven’t been involved before. If you're an energetic person who thrives in a positive, supportive atmosphere and enjoys helping young people be the best they can, then consider becoming an Adult Leader.
The Value of Leadership
Being an Adult Leader in Scouting has lots of benefits that go beyond giving back to others. Not only does it have a positive impact on the lives of young people, but it can also improve your health and relationships with others! In fact, research shows a correlation between well-being, happiness, health, and longevity and those people who participate in volunteer activities like being a Leader. The experience of helping others gives people meaning, a sense of self-worth, a social role and health enhancement, which makes them feel more involved in their local communities, and more connected to others.
With new experiences also comes endless opportunities for skill development, opening up doors to career progression and other opportunities beyond Scouting.
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Volunteering by Numbers
The power and potential of volunteerism is extraordinary. Not only do volunteers help improve the lives of others, but they also make the world a better place. Below is a snapshot of key information and statistics about volunteering.
Volunteering contributes $200 billion a year to the Australian economy.
Volunteers are considered 25% more trustworthy than non-volunteers.
73% of employers would hire a candidate with volunteering experience over one without.
96% of volunteers say that volunteering makes people happier.
94% of employees who volunteer in order to learn new skills benefit by getting their first job, improving their salary or being promoted.
93% of volunteers agree that volunteering offers the opportunity to enhance leadership skills and skills they can use at work.
90% of volunteers say that volunteering has helped enhance their problem-solving and decision-making skills.