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Try the four step challenge

A commitment free, try-before-you-buy for new volunteers – focusing on roles beyond what they might expect to find at Scouts

What’s it all about?

The four step challenge is a gradual introduction to Scouts, for those who are interested in non-programme roles. 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 step 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.

Start by identifying someone in the team who’ll support potential volunteers through the challenge, then check out the steps below to get started.

All sorts of people take on all sorts of roles at Scouts

There are loads of non-programme roles and tasks which need doing at Scouts.

Here are just a few examples:

  • Chair Person (Executive Committee) 
  • Secretary (Executive Committee) 
  • Treasurer (Executive Committee) 
  • Fundraiser  
  • Administrator
  • Record Keeping 
  • Social Media
  • Technology Lead 
  • Grounds keeper
  • Quartermaster

Role descriptions for some of these roles and many others can be found here

Find the perfect match

Try our name generation techniques to identify who you could ask to take on the challenge 

Ask for help

Need some more support and advice? The Regional Services Team are here to help

Programme Roles

If you want to test out programme roles, try the Four Week Challenge instead

Bring an adult

Have a look at some ideas around bringing another adult along with you.