It’s a wonderful feeling when someone thanks you for something you’ve done or celebrates something you’ve achieved
Whether we’re recognising a job well done, celebrating a permit or top award, or simply saying ‘thank you’, we should always take time to reward people in Scouts for their hard work.
Your young people
Young people in all of our sections work really hard to get their top awards and celebrating should be a big deal.
- Roll out the red carpet for a big awards night with glamour and mocktails
- Mark the occasion with a trip to an adventure site or an ice-cream shop
- Let the young people plan their own awards celebration
- Tell their school, invite their parents and make sure other young people in the section can join in
Remember: Young people shouldn’t have to wait for more than a term to get their award presented – it means so much more if they get it right away. If there’s a large County or District celebration, present it twice.
It’s just as important to celebrate with volunteers in Scouts. It makes people feel valued and motivated. When a volunteer gets their wood beads or earns an activity permit, find a way to acknowledge all the hard work they’ve put in.
- Get the young people involved to celebrate long service awards, too – it’s these dedicated volunteers who keep us going.
- Don’t forget to use the awards scheme to thank people for their service – you’ll need to nominate people, but it’s easy.
- Regularly find ways to thank people for volunteering – you could write a card, make a gift, or bake a cake
- However you celebrate, you’ll bring a smile to their face and you’ll keep them coming back
Every year, your Group will achieve some amazing things making a difference to your local community and the families you support.
Remember the things you do day in and day out each year, like:
- Bringing new volunteers into Scouts
- Making young people laugh
- Helping people achieve their goals and learn new skills
- Hosting big one-off events and residentials
These victories are worth celebrating too. Why not mark them regularly, by posting on social media and talk to parents and local community members? Why not hold an annual celebration through your AGM? Acknowledging the little – and not-so-little – moments is the perfect way to showcase what makes Scouts great, and keep your team feeling energised and valued.