Paccar is a scout activity centre which aims to work with the development of young people. We were established in 1938 to provide a centre for scouts across the world to come and camp and undertake activities to help them develop spiritually, mentally and physically.
We have continued this to this day where we undertake programmes for scouts, guides youth and school groups. Our aims are still the same today and that is the provision ofinspirational leadership and development for young people.
We offer all the opportunity to take part in adventurous activities that can be used to stretch young people and old alike, to push their capabilities and learn their strengths and weaknesses.
The volunteer will be working alongside other volunteers of different ages and from different counties. You will be trained to deliver activity sessions in climbing, archery, high ropes, etc. You will also be working on the day to day upkeep of the centre this will include cleaning duties and some repairs to the centre. As many of our activities are off ground an ability to work at height would be an advantage.
Depending on the time of year there are busier times when we have lots of groups camping however in the winter it is quieter and we will concentrate more on preparation for the coming season. So during the winter the tasks will include maintenance of the site and physical outdoor work.
Volunteer requirements / Skills
The ideal volunteer will be someone who enjoys working in the outdoor environment; The volunteer must be interested in working with young people and be prepared to live with a diverse group of likeminded people. If you have a scouting, guiding or youth group back ground this is an advantage but not essential.
Due to the nature of the British weather be prepared for cold and wet days during the autumn to spring months. Volunteers must be prepared to work outside, even when it’s cold and raining. Projects accepts volunteers during September & February.
We will accept male and female volunteer’s however we require you to be at least 18 years of age. Whilst we do not have a maximum age an ideal range will be 18 to 25 but this is dependent on the experience and flexibility of the person applying
Working hours variate with the time of year and the level of business we have in. Most weeks you will be allocated 2 rest days however in the busiest summer months this may only be 1 and the rest allocated at other times, We record the time volunteered so on average you will not work more than 40 hours per week. Due to the nature of the business it is likely that the rest days will not be at weekends and not always consecutive
Paccar is situated on the ridge between Chalfont St. Peter and the river Colne in the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside. The Centre is set in mixed woodland and is surrounded by open countryside.
Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)
All our staff live in shared accommodation. This is based in a lodge. Bedrooms have 1 or 2 beds. Volunteers at this project should be prepared to share a room. The building has shared use of toilet and washing facilities as well as kitchens where food can be prepared in the evenings and the weekends.
Paccar provides shopping vouchers you will use as a group to buy your food and cook together. You will be taking a turn at cooking and washing up for the rest of the team on a rota basis. You will need to provide your own snacks etc.
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