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.

There really is something for everyone whether it is supporting behind the scenes with administration, helping support a section, instructing scouts in a specific skill or becoming a trustee. We run annual fundraising events that need parents to help with the BBQ and have facilities and equipment to maintain.

How can you help?

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

Urgently Required - Swimming 

We endeavour to keep our water skill training going by moving to the swimming pool over the Michaelmas (Autumn) and Lent (Winter) terms. Each section will be able to improve their swimming and paddling skills and earn badges. We need more help and support for these sessions – are you a life-guard? Or can you help teach swimming?     Can you help track swimmers against the syllabus for their badges?  Please get in touch.

Section Assistants for Beavers, 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.

  • Beaver Section (Friday 4:15 to 5:30pm)
  • 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) 

Or perhaps support the section/group by instructing scouts in something specific e.g. sailing, paddling, biking, first aid, bush craft, swimming etc.

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 beavers, cubs, scouts 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.


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.


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.

Offer of Help Form

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.