We’re looking for a County Squirrels Advisor

This role will be to support Gloucestershire Scouts to start preparation for Squirrel Scouting where we hope to start to see young people aged 4 and 5 start to enjoy the brilliant experiences that Scouting offers. 

You can find far more about the role and what we are hoping to do with this new section and this exciting opportunity to enable even more young people enjoy brilliant programmes, at this webpage.

As a headline, the role is to help facilitate discussions across the county to help them consider if the time is right or not for their groups and districts. It’s not to advocate for early years or to deliver the opening of new provision. You’ll get training, lots of support and lots of information to help you.

You don’t have to be an expert in the age group and you certainly don’t need to have expertise in opening a new section. If your interest is peaked, please take a look at the role in a little more detail below.

if you’d like to find out more, maybe had a commitment free conversation, please email  Alternatively, if you know this role is something you can bring your skills to, please email Mark and let him know by 30th June.


The Early Years ‘Adviser’ will:
  • Be trained on Squirrel Scouting, the cohort roll out approach, what we’ve learnt from the pilots, support and tools available, badges and programme, recruitment of young people and adult volunteers, via webinars.
  • Be provided with reports and insight data on current reach into areas of deprivation and under-represented communities for your County.
  • Help plan for new provision to prioritise communities where Scouting is currently under-represented, especially IMD 1-5 and Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities
  • Help with initial preparation and planning providing a pathway for others in the County who’ll be opening provision in future years.
  • Receive ongoing support from the HQ Early Years team with opportunities to share learning and best practice, that shape the national approach and digital tools developed.
  • Bring our District teams together to facilitate accurate and informed conversations on Squirrel Scouting and establish initial level of interest. Where Districts decide they want to start new provision this year they’ll hold discussions with their own Groups and update their District plans if appropriate.