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Differences between Sectional Assistants and Occasional Helpers

The key differences that you should be aware of are that Sectional Assistants and Scout Active Support members receive a number of additional benefits including Scouting Magazine, Scouting+, a higher level of insurance coverage and training to support them in their role. They also accrue service for their role in Scouting.

To learn more about the benefits of converting Occasional Helpers to Section Assistants read an article exploring the gains for the Group and Individual: Trading Up

These differences are summarised in the table below:

Role comparison table

 Section leader and assistant section leader
Sectional assistant
Scout Active Support member
Occasional helper
Manage the section
Support the leaders
Actively support Scouting (in line with service agreement)
Provide occasional support (and require a disclosure check)
Uniform and promise
Training required
(Wood Badge)
Yes (Modules 1 and 3)
(Module 1)
Scouting magazine
Scouting Plus
Public liability insurance cover
Personal accident insurance cover
YesYesYesNo (unless purchased separately)


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