Become an Adult Helper
Within Scouts, we encourage all parents to get involved. There are a few different ways parents can help, and in most cases, even to attend Scouting events you need to have a Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) card. This is the law and it's for the protection of your children.
Please find attached below the forms you need to complete to be involved as an Adult Helper.
The Application for Adult Membership (known as the Adult Helper form) will allow you to attend more than two meetings (including bush walks), help with car pooling, and stay overnight on camps. This can be downloaded below, and includes the PED form mentioned below.
The Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) card can be obtained through Canberra Connect. It's free to apply and usually takes around 2-3 weeks to arrive in the mail. You can complete the application form online here:
Then you submit the form at a Canberra Connect storefront (where they will take a photo of you for your WWVP card). Please tell your leader when your WWVP card arrives.
The PED (Prohibited Employment Declaration) form which will allow the adult helper to accompany our youth on trips into NSW (which for us Canberrans is reasonably often).
Ways you can help
The most important aspect of parent involvement is the encouragement you give to your child. The boys and girls who get the most out of Scouting are those who put the most into it. All children have times when they need a gentle push, and certainly times when they need some help. This is where you come in.
If your child wants to do some test-passing or earn a badge, please go through the requirements and check that he or she has the knowledge needed and that all aspects of the test are covered. If your child hasn’t done anything for a while, you may need to offer some extra encouragement to get started. The pride on their faces when they come to the front of the parade to receive their badges makes the effort well worthwhile.
Scouting is a voluntary organisation, and we do rely heavily on parent support.
The support given will depend on the individual circumstances of each family. Areas in which regular help is needed are:
"Scouts is NOT a baby sitting club, your participation is vital to its existence".
Vacant roles at Air Scouts
We have a number of vacant roles at Air Scouts and a summary of the roles can be downloaded below. Some of them are specific to a section (e.g. Cubs) but some roles support Air Scouts Canberra at a Group level. You can be involved as a Leader, Trainee, Helper, or Supporter.
Air Scouts Canberra is urgently recruiting for Leaders in the Cub and Joey sections. Please speak to the current section leader if you are able to get involved.