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DofE volunteering opportunities within Scouting

There are a number of different ways in which members can complete the volunteering section within Scouting, not just being a young leader or adult leader.

If you do choose to do your volunteering as a young leader or adult leader there is a requirement for everyone to undertake training appropriate to their role. This will depend on their age and includes a minimum of either Module A of the Young Leaders’ scheme or the Getting Started modules of the Adult Training Scheme to be achieved by the participant.

Non-members completing the volunteering section within Scouting

Non-members may only work within Scouting (as non-members) for the period required for this section as either a young leader or adult leader working directly with a section. During this period they may operate as any other young leader with that section and will be required to complete the training requirements (module A or Getting Started). In addition to this young people are encouraged to complete training appropriate to their role (there is no specific time requirement for additional training). Throughout this period they will be insured and may operate within the section as if they were members (this includes taking part in camps etc, but does not include taking part in the wider explorer scout programme or acting as service crew at a campsite). Any over-18 wanting to take this option is required to undergo the normal safeguarding checks (personal enquiry and CRB).

Community Impact and the DofE FAQs

Can A Million Hands activities count towards the DofE and QSA?

Yes, as long as it meets all the section criteria.

Young people doing their DofE should choose their programmes, but they can select to work on one of the issues named, or they can follow the process to help another project in their community.

They may choose to use their A Million Hands project as their volunteering, or develop their community impact abilities for their skill section. An adult in Scouting, or in an organisation the young person is volunteering in can act as their DofE Asssessor. Please remember that volunteering for DofE cannot be done with a business.

How do the Community Impact Staged Activity badges work with the DofE and QSA?

Explorers working towards their DofE can complete a badge as part of this. For example when doing A Million Hands and completing your DofE, the Community Impact badge can also be completed. Whilst the challenge for each young person will be different we suggest:

Bronze DofE Volunteering – Stage 2 Community Impact Badge (Stage 1 meets the duration, but not the ‘total hours’ requirement for the DofE).

Silver DofE Volunteering - Stage 2, 3 (indirect entrant) or 4 (direct*) Community Impact Badge

Gold DofE Volunteering – Stage 4 Community Impact Badge^ This is also a great opportunity to look out for Residential opportunities too.

*assuming the participants has chosen the longer of the volunteering sections.

^ assuming the participant is an indirect entrance to their Gold level. If they are a direct entrant they will need to continue their volunteering for a further 6 months, or the longer of the Physical or Skill section durations.

Where can I find out more?

Information on A Million Hands can be found at http://members.scouts.org.uk/communityweek . Information of the DofE requirements can be found at dofe.org  or in The Handbook for DofE Leaders.


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