Want to help, but not sure how?

Last updated 20/05/2017

To meet the demands of a growing group, we need your help.   You can give as much or little time as you like but please offer something, even if it's once a year at a specific event, it really does help.


Want to do your bit but cant commit a lot of time.....

  • Join the Board of Trustees
    • The role of Group Executive is laid out in the Scout Policy document (see section 23b of http://scouts.org.uk/media/819399/Chapter-3.pdf). But in practice this means:
      * 4 or 5 committee meetings a year (normally held on a Tuesday evening);
      * AGM - Normally the third Friday of November  (e.g.  /content/group-review-awards-and-short-agm-evening-1711);
      * Assisting at a some of the social or fund-raising events;
      * Being a (charity) trustee for the 8th Norwich;
      * Doing a brief online training course and having a DBS check. 


  • However, the key point of it all is to contribute to the successful running of the 8th Norwich.  The aim is to have trustees drawn from a cross-section of the group to ensure that a range of views are represented and that all three sections are adequately represented.    We are also hoping that trustees will take responsibility for particular areas of the running of the Group ie a portfolio of interest e.g. equipment, fundraising, training.  This might relate to an area of interest or relevant experience that they will be able to represent in the running of the group at the meetings.


  • Join the FOES (Friends of the Eighth) and help with ad-hoc social and fundraising events   There are about 6 events through the year that need supporting.  You can help on one or more.


Want something a bit more fulfilling?

  • Beaver Section - Planning underway - see below
  • Cub Section Assistant (Monday or Tuesday evening 5-7pm)
  • Scout Section Assistant (Wednesday or Thursday evening 5:45 to 8:15pm)
  • Explorer Section Assistant (Monday 7-9pm) 
  • Instruct in something specific e.g. sailing, paddling, biking, first aid, bushcraft

Want to help behind the scenes?

  • Group Administrators (Non-scouter role) Help with admin jobs from home or from the HQ.
  • Quartermaster and Assistant Quartermasters (Non-scouter roles)  Help manage our fleet, equipment and buildings


More info below.....or you can use this webform to register your interest.

Assistant Group Scout Leaders (AGSLs)

The group is looking for two (or more) volunteers to help with the management of the Group.   With a membership of approximately 250 young people, over 70 leaders, instructors and trustees and over 70 DBS checked occasional helpers, the 8th is an impressive Group.   It's programme is probably the busiest adventure based sea scouting programme in the UK with over 2000 nights away each year, and land and water based activities every weekend throughout the year.   The Group is Royal Navy recognised and a RYA Training Centre.

Portfolio of responsibilities:   would be matched to the individual's interests and skills but could include a mix from the following:  asset management (fleet and equipment), stores, insurance, adult appointments, programme planning and promotion, youth membership, top scouting awards and support to the FOES (Friends of 8th, parent group). 

Main Contacts: Section Leaders and their leadership teams in the Group, parents/carers of the young people in the Scout Group, Group Executive Committee members, sponsoring authority of the Group (if applicable), Group Scout Active Support Manager, District Commissioner, Deputy District Commissioner(s), other Group Scout Leaders in the District, County/Area/Region (Scotland) Commissioner.

Appointment requirements: Must complete the relevant training (a wood badge) within three years of taking up the role. Must be eligible for charity trustee status (as a member of the Group Executive Committee).

Training requirements: Must complete Module 1 within 5 months of full appointment, and Module 25 within 3 years of full appointment.

Appointment process: would involve: application form, references, interview, enhanced DBS,   If you are interested please complete the webform above, mentioning AGSL roles.


"NEW" - Leaders and Assistants - Beavers

We are planning to open a new Beaver Section in 2019.   Beaver Scouts are our youngest members, usually aged between six and eight years old. They belong to the first and youngest Section in the Scouting family. Young people can join Beaver Scouts in the three months leading up to their sixth birthday. They can move to the next Section, Cub Scouts, between seven years and six months and eight years six months.

If you are an adult or Young Leader and would like to get involved in the planning and running of this new section, please complete the webform, above, mentioning "Beavers".


Section Assistants for cubs, scouts and explorers

Our busy and vibrant Cub Pack and Scout Troop is looking for a new Section Assistants (or leaders) to help with our all five of our regular weekly meetings.   You will get involved in helping deliver our programme of fun, adventurous and skills based scouting activities, working alongside an experienced team.    You will receive training and the opportunity to learn new skills and get involved in any of the Group residential trips.   A weekly commitment term time would be ideal but flexible options are available.


Group and Troop Administrator(s) 

The 8th Norwich comprises six sections: Cubs; Scouts; Explorers and Networks plus a large team of adult scouters and helpers.   There are five meetings each week plus a busy programme at weekends and in holidays.  The Group is looking for people to join its team of administrators each of whom help with a specific aspect of our administration tasks.     The role would suit someone who is a good organiser, administrator and competent with ICT, looking for a voluntary role for an hour or two each week.    The commitment can be flexible by arrangement.   It would not involve delivery of scouting activities per se, although the opportunity to join in occasionally would exist, as we think adults should get the chance to play too!  

Typical duties could include helping cub, scout or explorers with:

  • programme paperwork, attendance registers, incident and accident forms,
  • media, publicity and promotions
  • updating badge and personal records,
  • dealing with parent enquiries and reporting issues to the section leaders or GSL.  
  • managing adult appointments e.g. monitoring training, appointments, DBS checks


Quartermaster (Equipment and Facilities)

The 8th Norwich has extensive assets to manage including its Headquarters, storage barns, paddock as well as off-site facilities for fleet storage at Frettenham and Wroxham.   We also have a substantial sailing, power boating and canoe/kayak fleet as well as equipment for camping, biking, bushcraft and other activities.

Can you help manage and organise our assets, help arrange or carry out repairs?    The roles will have some planning element as well as getting involved in the sorting and storing and shifting of kit in liaison with the GSL and other leaders.

Help offers

Please contact Ian Hayward or complete the webform if you feel you might be able to help in any way.


Background to Volunteering with the 8th Norwich (Norwich School) Sea Scout Group

The 8th Norwich (Norwich School) Sea Scout Group is one of the most active Groups in the country with a broad programme of boating and land based activities delivered both locally, nationally and internationally.  

With over 200 young people, largely recruited from the Group's Sponsor Authority, Norwich School, and a growing leadership team, now extending to about 65 in number, the Group is well placed to provide one of the most exciting outdoor and adventure based programmes in scouting.

The Group seeks to develop an ethos of Service and Leadership in its young people through challenging personal and team based activities in the outdoors.    We aim to deliver a programme of stunning Scouting activities to help develop exceptionally selfless and capable young people.   We are a training centre not only for young people but also for adults.   Without highly motivated, skilled and enthusiastic adults leaders, instructors and helpers we cannot deliver our superb programme and continue the near 100 year legacy of stunning scouting.

The Group is moving forward with a strong team of leaders and instructors but there are some critical roles needed to complete the team.   These are detailed below.    

Being part of the 8th Norwich presents opportunities for adults as well as young people. If you are missing something challenging in your life, why not get involved?       

We are constantly looking for voluntary help in all sorts of ways.  If you have a skill you think you can offer, or just plain enthusiasm (we train adults as well as young people) do get in touch with the GSL, Ian Hayward.