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5 Surprising Benefits from Volunteering at Your Child’s Extracurricular Activity

Published Jun 21, 2018 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

As parents, time is our most sacred resource. Often the reason we don't volunteer is because "we don't have time". What if I told you that volunteering can actually increase your quality time with your children, while creating lasting memories together? Here's how.

Being a parent is time consuming and often stressful with so much time dedicated to getting each child to their activities and appointments on time. As a parent, there is often little time left in the day for new experiences, meeting new people, or getting outdoors. 

Volunteering can help you learn new skills, experience new adventures, and get more out of life.

The key? Volunteering at your child’s extracurricular activity allows you to have these new experiences without the added time commitments and with the additional bonus of spending more time with your child.

We spoke with Scouts Canada about the experiences of their parent volunteers, and they gave us tons of valuable insight. They even had me questioning why I haven’t volunteered sooner!

To summarize, here are the five important benefits of volunteering as a parent:

1. You will get to spend more time with your child.

As the cliché goes “they grow up so fast”, but isn’t it true? Soon they’ll be out of the house and off to university! Take the opportunity now to spend more time with your child and build those memories. Instead of merely dropping them off at their next activity, choose to help out and see firsthand what your child can accomplish.

2. You will meet others in your community.

These days, it is rare to know all your neighbours or have that feeling of community we often long for. Volunteering is a wonderful way to connect with others, you might also be surprised to discover people you already know who are volunteering. If you are new to your city or want to make new friends this is a great option for meeting people.

3. You will learn new skills.

Being an adult doesn’t mean you can’t pick up new skills or hobbies! Hearing about all the new abilities your child mastered can be wonderful and heartwarming, but imagine being able to master these new abilities alongside your child. You will have a skill to practice together and you can share in the challenges and successes. Volunteering with Scouts, for example, will allow you and your child to share in learning these new skills.

4. You will have new experiences.

Whether meeting new people, mastering new skills, or embarking on a new adventure, volunteering will help you experience life to the fullest. This might mean playing a game you’ve never tried, achieving various Outdoor Activity Skills, visiting a place you’ve never been, or conquering a new challenge.

5. You will make a difference.

There is nothing quite like the feeling you get seeing a child overcome an obstacle or helping them accomplish something they never thought they could. You get the chance, as a volunteer, to make a positive impact in that child’s life and help them have opportunities they may not have otherwise been able to experience. You also get the chance to make a difference in your child’s life and be part of their most memorable moments.

On top of that you are contributing to, and making a difference in your community. Helping other people without asking for anything in return is one of the most rewarding and humbling experiences you can embark on.

Pretty convincing if you ask me. Looking for a way to get started?

After our conversations with Scouts Canada, we can safely say that volunteering with them is a great opportunity to have adventures and new experiences with your child.

You will learn, grow, and experience new things alongside the Scouts youth and your peers, while getting the invaluable opportunity to inspire today’s youth.

Scouts Alberta has a goal of bringing 1000 new volunteers to join their team!

There are Scouts Groups in many cities and towns throughout Alberta, and likely one near you! For more information on volunteering and locating a Scouts Group, visit the council website below for your area.

Northern and central Alberta (north of Hanna): https://northernlights.scouts.ca/volunteer/overview.html

Southern Alberta (south of Hanna): https://chin.scouts.ca/volunteer/overview.html

More about volunteering with Scouts Canada

Volunteers can be people who want to gain new skills or experiences, venture outdoors, spend time with fun-loving kids and adults, or parents looking to have memorable experiences with their children.

Scouts Canada volunteers get to experience the joy of helping youth develop into capable, confident, and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world.  

Scouts Canada has been committed to inspiring and encouraging Canada’s youth for over 100 years. They have helped children grow as individuals through outdoor adventure, teamwork, and skill development. Children in the Scouts programs not only learn important skills and values, but they also gain lasting connections and friendships.

Scouts Canada has given 17 million Canadian youth incredible opportunities, adventures, and memories, none of which would be possible without the help of inspiring and adventurous volunteer leaders.

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