Speaking from the Scout Group's point of view, I have never really had any trouble getting occasional adult help - the vast majority of parents are fantastic, and quite willing to come along and assist at the occasional meeting or event.
The problems I have found with trying to get regular adult help is that by and large parents are too busy. The old notion of working from 9-5 just doesn't seem to exist any more - several fathers have said to me 'I'd love to help, but I'm never home from work in time' - this for meetings that start at 7pm.
I'm not blaming anyone, it just seems to be a sign of the times that people are too busy to take on much voluntary work, resulting in things like Scouting, Guiding and Youth Clubs suffering.
A particularly 'unique' problem that we seem to have in the village is the almost complete lack of certain age groups. It would be great, for example, if there were loads of 20 something yr olds around, as these are people who often don't have the responsibility of a family yet, or who aren't so high up the career ladder so have more free time in the evenings.
Unfortunately, with the exception of vet students who are manically busy all year, there are very few of these people around, simply because they just can't afford to live here!
I do believe that there is still a need for activities for young people. We are flourishing at the moment - our Scout Troop has increased in size about 400 percent in the last 3 years, with the total number of people attending meetings each week at the Scout Hut now well over 100. The demand is out there, but we do need the help to meet it!
If anyone would be interested in learning more about helping regularly with either Beavers (6-8yr olds), Cubs (8-10 yr olds), Scouts (11-14 yr olds) or Explorer Scouts (14-18 yr olds), please don't hesitate to contact me. I can't promise riches or fame, but you'd be surprised about how much fun it is, and how rewarding it can be...
Scout Leader, 2nd Hatfield (1st Brookmans Park)