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Covid Response – Filling the gaps

Who are you missing within your Scout Section, Group or District? Have a look through this page to work out what you have not thought of yet.

It’s inevitable that some groups will have lost a number of young people and adult volunteers due to COVID-19. However, we know that young people need Scouting more than ever right now!

Adult and youth recruitment can be challenging but Groups, Units, Districts and Counties can be empowered with recruitment tools so they can recover from COVID and continue recruiting into the future.  

Youth Recruitment

Don’t be put off recruiting new young members. Whether you’re meeting face-to-face or virtually, we’ve got some great tips on how you can use our existing tools to engage with young members:

  • Get in touch with local schools and ask them to share a digital flyer with pupils and their parents – you can make one easily on the Brand Centre
  • Run a ‘Bring a Friend’ session
  • Use up-to-date examples in your advertising – show Scouting how it looks at the moment (socially-distanced or online) to show people that we are still open for fun and adventure!
  • County or District teams could deliver online virtual Scouting to young people on waiting lists to keep them engaged and excited to join once a place is available.
  • Consider joining forces with another Group, Unit, District or County to run a bigger media campaign across a wider area? This can offer great value for money when pooling resources!
  • Ask for support from the Regional Services Team

Adult Recruitment

Whether we are doing face to face, blended or online scouting there are still opportunities to recruit more adults, no matter their changes in circumstances. Have a look at growing Scouts pages for extra information and support on adult recruitment. 

  • Hold an online information night for parents/carers and other adults interested in volunteering, this is a great chance to answer any questions and let them know how much fun volunteering can be.
  • Family surveys are a great way to find out about the families of your members and any special skills they have
  • Vacancy boards can still be used and are a great way to make your Scout Group more visible. You could even consider creating a digital vacancy board or using an external vacancy advertisement such as
  • Think about the volunteer journey for new volunteers – how are you going to make them feel welcome?
  • Social media can be a great tool to use to interact with your community and ask for new adults. Try using the same adverts that you would normally use on a public Facebook page or Instagram account– then link to it for Twitter.
  • Engaging with those who have / are turning 18. Look at "What Next 18th birthday card” on the Brand Centre website.
  • Use search packs to help find manager roles
  • The 4-week challenge can work in digital sessions just as easily as in person. Just make sure you get Adults involved and give them a great welcome. Have a look at the 4-week challenge page for more ideas. 
  • Think about the tasks that need doing, not the roles that need filling to entice new volunteers in.
  • Put an on-going adult recruitment plan in place – adult recruitment should be continuous and not just when it’s needed.

Sign up to our recruitment workshops via our events page.

Have a look at the Growing Scouts pages for extra information and support on recruiting adults and young people.



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Long term sustainability

Check out these ideas for how to raise additional funds to deal with the impact of COVID-19.