Scouts out on a camping trip at Mystic Beach. 1st Sooke Scout Group is seeking volunteers for a range of roles in September. The scouts program is a youth organization that focuses on mentoring youth to be well-rounded people and good leaders through outdoor adventure. (Photo by Taryn Musgrave)

Scouts out on a camping trip at Mystic Beach. 1st Sooke Scout Group is seeking volunteers for a range of roles in September. The scouts program is a youth organization that focuses on mentoring youth to be well-rounded people and good leaders through outdoor adventure. (Photo by Taryn Musgrave)

Sooke scout group seeks volunteers

Scouters, treasurer, administrator and secretary wanted

If you love spending time with youth and being outdoors, this might be the perfect opportunity for you.

1st Sooke Scout Group is seeking volunteers for a range of roles in September. The scouts program is a youth organization that focuses on mentoring youth to be well-rounded people and good leaders through outdoor adventure.

There are five different age groups of scouts, including about 30 Beaver Scouts (ages five-17), 24 Cubs (age 8-10), 21 Scouts (ages 11-14), four Venturer scouts (ages 15-17) and three Rovers (ages 18-26).

Groups go on camping and canoe trips, and depending on the age group, the trips can range anywhere from one to multiple days.

Right now, group commissioner Chantelle Cutting, say they are looking for volunteer scouters particularly for the Venturer scouts.

The role of a scouter for that age group would be to supervise the group, mentor them, and give advice or help when needed.

“We are looking for as many volunteers as possible. We could always use the extra help,” said Cutting, adding they are also looking for a volunteer treasurer, administrator, secretary, and for someone to monitor registration.

All volunteers are required to have a criminal record check, be interviewed, and to provide references, but any other necessary training will be provided.

The commitment is about four to six hours a week, but scouters will require more because they go on camping trips with the kids.

“It’s a good opportunity to see the future as it develops, learn new things, and help make the world a better place,” said Cutting, who has been involved in the scouts program since she was 13.

Those who are interested in volunteering can register online at scouts.ca/join, or contact Chantelle Cutting at cllcutting@shaw.ca.