Potental volunteers can be divided into groups based on life situations.
Parents of our members will already see how scouting benefits their children. Invite them to a section meeting or ask them to run an activity based on their own interests. If they can’t commit to an evening, there are other opportunities, such as setting up a parent rota from home. Encourage them to ask other family members to get involved.
Many Young Leaders take on an adult appointment when they reach 18. If you have a Young Leader nearing this age, find out what their plans are. If they are going to university, travelling or straight into full time employment, get their contact details so you can let them know what weekend or holiday time activities they could get involved in at a later date.
Individuals may have left Scouting for a variety of reasons. A former leader may have started a family, temporarily moved away or gone on to further education. A tactful phone call could re-ignite their interest in Scouting.
Take Scouting to the public to create awareness and recruitment opportunities. Offer to help at local events and talk about Scouting. Distribute posters and leaflets in the community and ask permission to put posters in shops, offices and libraries.
To successfully recruit more adult volunteers your Scout Group/Explorer Scout Unit must be:
- open and welcoming: it should be a ‘place of doors, not a place of walls’
- an energetic place, full of enthusiastic people and full of activity
- making a major contribution to the community
- well organised where people’s time is productive
- safe (especially for children) and well managed
- part of a national vibrant and successful organisation.