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Adult talks

Getting a bunch of adults in a room and talking to them about the fun we have at Scouts can be incredibly powerful and effective

What’s it all about?

Adult talks are short presentations which volunteers can deliver to potential volunteers, motivating them to consider joining in the fun week after week or whenever-they-can. They might host one after a weekly session, at an open evening or taster event, at a family camp or during a Group get-together.

How does it work?

To host a talk:

  • Invite the adults via letter, email, text, or phone
  • Gather everyone together safely, online or in person
  • Talk about volunteering for less than an hour – sharing information on what Scouts is all about, as suggested below
  • Don’t get into the detail of training and appointments at this stage – the aim is just to give people an overview 
  • Have a look at this session plan for inspiration

Talk to potential volunteers about:

  • How they can become part of the team on their own terms – whether that’s through a leadership role, a place on the executive committee or an offer to help out occasionally
  • The amount of time needed to be a volunteer – focussing on flexibility 
  • Tasks you need help with, not roles you need to fill 

Taking talks online

Check out our guidance and tools for delivering talks online

Top Tips

  • Use inclusive language, talking about ‘adults’ rather than ‘parents’ 
  • Keep the focus on all of the amazing benefits of volunteering 
  • Don’t worry about how many people turn up – it’s all about the quality of the conversations you have, not the quantity of people in the room.
  • Don’t forget: you’re looking for people to do tasks that fit within their skillsets, not to take on specific roles.
  • Always follow up – people forget things pretty quickly, so it’s worth giving them a call or dropping them a message afterwards.