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Name Generation

Recruiting new volunteers - name generation

Sometimes when we’re looking for a more specific role to be filled, for example Group Secretary, Treasurer or Group Scout Leader, we find it difficult to work out who to ask. We know these roles need specific skills and generating a list of names of people who may have those skills can help you find the right person.

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 of Scouting to participate – making it clear that you are not asking them to commit to a role, but instead just want to pick their brains and explore any contacts they may have/networks they are aware of.

Invite a number of people who are not 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 other members of the community – the head teacher of a local school, PTA members, the local PCSO etc. 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, or dislikes a relative/friend of the individual, doesn’t mean they won’t make a good manager. 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.

We've put together some further information on running a name generating exercise.