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Name generation exercises

The perfect way to find the perfect volunteer for the role or task

What’s it all about?

When we’re looking for someone to take on a more specific role within Scouts – like a Group Secretary, Treasurer or Group Scout Leader – we might find it difficult to know who to ask.

But these roles require specific skills. And generating a list of names of people who may have those skills can help you find the right person for the task. 

The basic idea behind name generation exercises is to get people thinking about the people they know and the skills they have. It can be useful to invite people from outside Scouts to participate – making it clear that you’re not asking them to commit to a role, but instead just want to pick their brains and explore any contacts they may have or networks they’re aware of.

You can run a name generation game however you’re meeting at the moment – it doesn’t matter if you’re coming together virtually or face-to-face

How does it work?

The process starts when you invite a number of people who aren’t connected to the group to a name generation evening. It’s really easy to do. The group doesn’t have to just be made up of existing Scouts – try inviting other members of the community, like the head teacher of a local school, PTA members, or the local PCSO. Don’t forget: Explorers and Network members will also know lots of potential volunteers. 

Encourage people to be objective with name generating. Just because one individual doesn’t see eye to eye with a candidate, it doesn’t mean they’re not a great fit. It’s also easy to make assumptions about the time people have to give – let them determine how much they could offer, and instead consider the different flexible options that are available.

Check out the tips below to get started.