The Scout Active Support is the section in which the members have one common aim – a wish to support Scouting. It welcomes men and women of all ages, interests and backgrounds, from 18 years onwards. There is no need to have been involved in Scouting or Guiding before, all that is required is a willingness to give some of your time to Scouting. A Scout Fellowship can have its own social and activity programme, as well as its support role.
The aim of the Scout Active Support is “Providing Active Support”, with the emphasis being very much on supporting the youth programme in an active manner, at all levels of the Association from the local Scout Group to National level.
How do we define ‘Active Support’? It encompasses the talents of the Scout Fellowship of all ages and abilities, whether it is physical, mental, geared to a particular technical skill or general support. It could be as a badge examiner, a mentor to new leaders, catering for courses or events, admin work, running pioneering courses, assisting with hill walking, rock climbing etc. We all have something to offer as far as supporting Scouting is concerned whatever our age or ability.
In fact, active support means just about anything. One Scout Fellowship has a 90 year old member who is their ‘Official Raffle Ticket Folder’!
The Scout Active Support is a large part of the ‘backbone’ of the Scout Movement – supporting the young people and voluntary leaders wherever help is required. The key to our success is our flexibility – we are here to help.
In Greater London North East nine of the eleven Districts have a Scout Active Support. The size of the membership differs from District to District, some having people who also hold warranted appointments.