The negative impacts of volunteering: a qualitative case study of one UK Scout group

Adam Talbot*

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This paper reports on one element of an ethnographic research project exploring the motivations of Scout leaders in one Scout group in the United Kingdom. The article focuses on the negative consequences of volunteering and reflects on the benefits of insider research. Participants reported feeling overworked and spending too much time volunteering, and consequently feeling burnt out. Deep collaborative reflection is suggested to avoid this. Further research exploring negatives of volunteering in different contexts is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-220
Number of pages12
JournalVoluntary Sector Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Burnout
  • Scouting
  • Serious leisure
  • Volunteering

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