hunter and coastal region

Be Prepared to Volunteer

There are many ways to volunteer with Scouting and they require various amounts of commitment but they all come with the opportunity to build great relationships and the satisfaction of helping your community.

Please see below for some of our job descriptions.

Don’t see anything that suits you? Please give our office a call a call on 1300 858 464 to talk about your options.


Section Leader

A Leader (Joey Scout, Cub Scout, Scout, Venturer Scout) – responsible for the planning and running of exciting, challenging weekly and weekend programs which attract new members to their Section and retain existing ones, attending and running weekly Group meetings during school terms, attending group activities (e.g. hikes or camping trips), attending monthly Leaders meeting, supervising and providing instruction, assistance, and testing of youth members in skills appropriate to the program of the section especially in topics and skills of the Award Scheme.


Assistant Section Leader

A Leader that takes part in the planning and participates in the running of exciting, challenging weekly and weekend programs which attract new and retain existing members. This role can easily be job shared or part time.


Group Treasurer

A volunteer who operates and maintains the accounts of the Scout Group, includes receipt of money, banking, presenting accounts for payment to Group Committee meetings, the financials of the Scout Group are audited annually. Ensures that accounts are operated according to Association Rules. This person is usually a parent of a youth member who has experience in accounting and prefers to work with adults than youth members, while contributing to the Scout Group.


Group Committee Chairperson

A volunteer who leads the committee and ensures the Group Committee work to the principles in the Policy and Procedures. Has the ability to motivate and lead the other Committee members in accomplishing the tasks that are required to keep the Scout Group functioning. Give support and assist the Group Leader with the running of the group, fundraising, hall maintenance. This person is a leader who likes to work with and motivate adults while contributing to the Scout Group.


Group Committee Member

A volunteer that sits on the committee, attends committee meetings regularly and has an interest in the Scout Group. Assists the group to function assuming responsibility for work assignments including maintenance, fundraising and decision making for the Scout Group.



A volunteer who manages the equipment for the group. Ensuring the equipment for the Scout Group is available and in working order. Responsible for replacing or repairing any damaged, worn and broken equipment. This person enjoys organising the equipment shed and utilising their skills to keep the equipment in working order enabling the youth members to participate in camping activities.


Adult Helper

Could be a parent of a youth member or other adult who is willing to assist the leaders and youth members, it may be on a program night or when the section is camping. They haven’t completed Leader training, but have the required Checks and completed membership paperwork. They can contribute to the Scout Group which allows youth members to participate in a program that challenges and excites them.


Youth Helper

A youth member who helps the leaders and youth members in another section, sharing the skills they have learned on their Scouting journey. e.g., a Scout may help out in the Joey section.


Group Leader

The Group Leader is responsible for Scouting at the local ‘community group’ level. They lead teams of volunteers in the support of the Group (Group Support Committee) and the Leader team to support the program for Youth Members.

They support Leaders and youth members while working with the District Commissioner to ensure the Group operates in line with policies and procedures, communicate and review how the group is functioning. This role would suit someone who is keen to communicate and motivate adults in a leadership role.


District Commissioner

The District Commissioner is responsible for the management of Scout Groups in the district and ensuring the district operates according to the Association’s policy and procedures. They provide support to Group Leaders with the resources to ensure that Scout Groups are functioning and running smoothly. Also monitoring the Leaders in the Scout Groups in their district to ensure that all training requirements are being met.


Activity Leader

A leader who assists at events and activities, likes to be out sharing with the community what Scouting has to offer. Having the flexibility of promoting Scouting when available, not on a weekly basis at a group.


Adventurous Activity Leader

A leader trained in the specifics of a particular activity e.g., Scuba Diving, they are required to have Scout training but also the required qualifications for that activity, and keep updated as required. These Adventurous Activity leaders provide opportunities to youth members to participate in activities within the Scout Organisation gaining valuable skills and having fun at the same time. What a great way to share your skills and passion to educate youth members in the adventurous activity you are passionate about.


Campsite Volunteer

Volunteers who provide their time to assist in the maintenance and upkeep of one the campsites that Hunter and Coastal Region operates e.g., Glenrock, Kariong, Lostock, Myuna Bay and Jilliby. They can spend a day or longer pottering around the campsite completing tasks that need to be accomplished. An enjoyable way to contribute to Hunter and Coastal Region utilising your skills on one of these amazing campsites. The rewards are seeing first-hand the enjoyment and appreciation on the faces of the campsite users.


Requirements for these positions

National Police Check
Working with Children Check
Child Safe Environment Course – provided by Scouts NSW
WHS and Child Safe – Scouts NSW online
Scouts NSW Member


Scouts NSW provides the support and training required to become a leader, there is some online and face-to-face training, a great opportunity to network with other like-minded leaders who are on a similar journey. There is also the opportunity to complete some certificates in various areas such as Leadership and Management.