Try the four week challenge
A chance to show potential volunteers what Scouts is all about
What’s it all about?
The four week challenge is a gradual introduction to Scouts. New volunteers agree to help out for just four weeks, while a more experienced leader shows them the ropes and helps them get involved.
The four week challenge works because it’s manageable: people feel more comfortable signing up for a short amount of time. As an existing volunteer, you get four whole weeks to help them settle in, grow in confidence, and see just how much they can get from Scouts.
You can run a four week challenge however you’re meeting at the moment – it doesn’t matter if you’re coming together virtually or face-to-face.
Things to consider
Think about who you're going to ask to take on the challenge and how.
Are there any parents/carers in your group who’ve enjoyed helping out with the adult rota or getting stuck in with online activities during lockdown? Do any of your existing volunteers have friends who they could bring along to try the challenge?
Could you let them know about the challenge online, over the phone or face to face? Could you send them a letter using our brand centre letter template?
Once you've got new adults onboard to try the challenge, make sure they're:
- Supported by enough volunteers at all times, whether they’re from your group or the wider District – most won’t have been DBS checked
- Given a copy of the Yellow Card
- Able to take part in the programme you've planned throughout the challenge – small group activities work brilliantly
- Spoken to between meetings – a quick thank you and reminder of what to expect the following week makes a huge difference
- Given a Group necker and a Scout name, if you use them – though new adults aren't expected to wear uniform, this can be a nice touch
See the challenge in action