HRH The Duchess of Cambridge becomes scoutings newest volunteer
3rd January 2012
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge has become Scouting’s newest volunteer and will help at local cub packs and beaver colonies, Clarence House has announced.
The Duchess, who joins 66,000 girls and 40,000 female leaders in Scouting, will help out at groups close to where she lives. Her Royal Highness also hopes to help with activities in other parts of the United Kingdom as opportunity arises.
The announcement comes as a great endorsement of Scouting’s commitment to allow adults to volunteer their time on a flexible basis. The Duchess will help run a variety of activities relevant to her skills and interests. This could include running games, teaching first aid or cooking on campfires.
Chief Scout Bear Grylls gave a delighted reaction to the news: ‘The Duchess has an incredibly busy life, which makes it all the more inspiring that she has chosen to volunteer alongside us.
‘Over the last few years it has been our mission to make it easier for adults who volunteer with us to give as much or as little as they are able – it is how we change our society: many people doing a little bit.’
Helping give young people a taste of everyday adventure through fun and practical activities, The Duchess will have the chance to inspire the leaders of tomorrow.
Adults of all ages are finding ways to volunteer that fit in around their lives. At 1st Dartford Scout Group we have an assistant cub leader who manages to attend meetings once or twice a month due to the shift nature of his work. Joe shares his role with the rest of the Cub Leadership team and takes part in, and enjoys as many activities and camps as his work pattern permits. Flexibility in volunteering is the way forward.’
If you’d like to know more about the flexible volunteering opportunities at 1st Dartford, even if you have only a few hours a month please contact our Group Scout Leader, Alan Warren on 01322 403073.